Mortality: Each year 70,000-100,000 Ugandans die from malaria. This statistic represents 10% of overall malaria deaths in the world. Uganda has the third highest deaths from malaria in the world, as well as the highest recorded malaria transmission rates.
Morbidity: Malaria both causes and aggravates anemia - especially in those most vulnerable. children and pregnant women. Even in mild forms anemia impairs cognitive development, energy and immune function. And because 60% of all Ugandan children, or roughly 9 million children, are either moderately or severely anemic, this means an entire generation is conducting an uphill battle to concentrate in the classroom.
Enormous Economic & Development Costs: At a household level the effects of malaria can be devastating, particularly for the poor. Due to treatment cost and missed work, socioeconomic status in households with malaria infection is up to 20% lower than in those without. But the economic picture at the national level is even more devastating.
- Direct costs of malaria in Uganda are 1% of GDP each year, about $170 million USD.
- Indirect costs, including 60 million working hours lost per year, cost more than 2% of GDP, or over $400 million more USD.
- With intervention at its current state, Malaria will cost Uganda $1.5 billion USD of lost growth in the next 5 years.
- Effective malaria control costs less than the costs associated with the disease.
Pilgrim Africa is taking action to help Ugandans change their future. With an effective set of integrated malaria control interventions it is possible to reduce malaria incidence by 75-90%. The two key elements are:
- Integrated Vector Management - using multiple interventions to create more comprehensive protection from the disease;
- Population Coverage - using interventions at a comprehensive level where they can confer "herd immunity"
In partnership with the Ministry of Health, Pilgrim Africa did two pilot projects at a district-wide (~200,000 people) level that were enormously effective. Please read the Katatkwi "Move on Malaria" report below.
Pilgrim Africa and the Ministry of Health are now working together to scale up integrated malaria control interventions on a nationwide basis.
$100 treats 10 huts. Protects approximately 50 people from infectious mosquito bites for 6 months. Includes volunteer training, safety and spraying equipment, assessment and reporting
MOM Performance Report Katakwi