Malaria in Uganda
Malaria affects the people of Uganda…
- Malaria is number one cause of sickness and death in Uganda.
- 70,000-110,000 people die of malaria every year.
- It has been calculated that a Ugandan person loses 23.4% of the years of their life to malaria.
Malaria affects the pregnant women of Uganda…
- Pregnant women are four times more likely to suffer from malaria than when they are not pregnant.
- 60% of miscarriages in Uganda are attributed to malaria.
- Malaria is a significant cause of abortions and miscarriages.
- Malaria often results in anaemia in the mother.
Malaria affects the economy of Uganda…
- Malaria is the number one cause of poverty in Uganda.
- Malaria impedes a person’s income when: they must attend to themselves and others, pay for prevention and treatment, transportation to and from clinics, and funeral and burial costs.
- The poor can spend up to 25% of their income on malaria prevention and treatment.
Malaria affects the children of Uganda…
- In Uganda, malaria kills 350 children die every day.
- Malaria is the main cause of infant mortality.
- Malaria causes underweight and premature births.
- One out of every two children is admitted to the hospital from malaria.
- 8-25% of the children admitted to the hospital die.
- 70% of child out patients die of malaria.
- On average, the Ugandan child suffers from six malaria episodes every year.
- Malaria often causes stunted growth, childhood anaemia, and mental retardation.