Be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Ghandi

Monday, April 25, 2011

WORLD MALARIA DAY 2011

About half of the world's population, are at risk of contracting malaria, especially those living in developing countries. World Malaria Day 2011 is a time for examining the progress made towards malaria control and elimination. Progress is being made but there is still much work to be done. We at ONAAT salute everyone engaged in the admirable goal of erradicating malaria by 2015.

                 Read below an excerpt from "T-Girl" by Sue Averill, a real-life story of the price malaria extracts

"She came at the end of another hot humid day when even a sip of water instantly erupted onto our skin as sticky smelly sweat. We’d learned if you don’t drink, you don’t sweat, although the nurse in me wondered how our kidneys were faring. With an exhausted sigh and stretch of cramped muscles, I finished my line of 100 patients in the crumbling structure of Kakata Internally displaced Persons (IDP) Camp and glanced toward the entranceway. There was a thin, ragged child lying unconscious on a straw mat on the filthy concrete floor. Her breathing was rapid and shallow and not a sound came from her parted cracked lips.".....from "T-girl by Sue Averill