Friday, December 1, 2017

Transport Charity Continues to Fight for Lives Across a Continent as 3,000 Kids a Day Die Needlessly

Christmas Appeal Will Aid Continuing Fight Against Malaria
Shipping News Feature
UK – AFRICA – Transaid, the charity dedicated to easing the lives of thousands through advances in transport, has had a busy month. In addition to raising over £17,000 in November from a variety of freight and transport related events staff are hard at it trying to hit their target of adding a further £25,000 in the usual Christmas Appeal.

Anyone who wishes to support this sterling effort can do so here but, whilst we often highlight the bicycle ambulances and HGV training which Transaid funds, the charity is also closely involved in the fight against the scourge of malaria, a disease which kills 3,000 children a day, that’s one every 30 seconds, with 90% of deaths occurring in sub-Saharan Africa.

Earlier this year , Transaid and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), joined forces in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Center (NMEC) of Zambia and the District Health Management Team (DHMT), to develop new and innovative approaches to improve response to cases of severe malaria, focusing on those under the age of six.

Serenje District, Central Province, Zambia, where Transaid is currently working, has one of the highest malaria prevalence rates in the country. Malaria incidence rates among children are very high in Serenje with just under half of all children under five years old contracting malaria each year - an estimated incidence rate of 490/1,000 children. Every year, many children in the district die when their malaria progresses to severe malaria because they have not received appropriate or timely treatment.

Many of these deaths could be avoided if communities were effectively mobilised around a child health agenda and if World Health Organisation-approved rectal artesunate (RAS) - a life-saving treatment - were readily available at community level. Through the training of community health volunteers in the use of new malaria drugs, as well as implementing an emergency transport system in communities, Transaid and its partners are working to save the lives of children with severe malaria.

The Transaid site list a heart warming story of Inness who at 16 months old, contracted malaria and was saved by the speedy attention of a health worker and the attendance of one of the bicycle ambulances. You can read the full story here.

Photo: A well again baby Inness with mum Silvia.