Malaria Research in Afghanistan

malariaAfghanistan is the 3rd highest malaria country which is affecting newborn babies belonging to refugees and internally displaced persons who are at greater risk of contracting malaria, resulting in early death.

Afghanistan’s population is comprised of 50% young people and most are living in rural areas with a family of 7-10 people in a single house. Poverty is increasing in Afghanistan day after day according to the latest stats from the World Bank. Lack of income and education means malaria is widely undermined. This means not only are the children are at risk but the entire family also. Due to the conditions in Afghanistan, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are at greater risk of contracting malaria. The maternal mortality rate in Afghanistan in recent years has reduced to some 400 but more work rests ahead.

International aid has been allocated for malaria projects, but due to the war, projects focused on this topic and other health services have not been completed to the satisfaction of donors either due to fighting or corruption. Our goal is to save the newborn babies by distributing a baby crib to the beneficiaries along with it a mosquito net to which would be helpful for the prevention of malaria.

Lack of financial means is getting in the way of the health of these poor people and they are seeking the desperate help of NGOs. ICRAA is ready to assist the Afghan people and we ask donors to join us in the opportunity to support the recovery of sick, poor and newborn children in Afghanistan.

Afghan people face many setbacks in accessing health services, education opportunities and lack of food and water, particularly by women and girls who are not in the fullest of life for the past four decades.

Recently, neighbor countries are forcing these people to return to their homeland. The international community must make sure that their journey is safe and sound and make their accommodations as smooth as possible. We would distribute a kit which includes mosquito net, crib for a child, kitchen tools, carpet, mattress, and blanket. All funds or donations for the program received would go towards the villages and helping the selected beneficiaries with malaria prevention.

The WHO estimates that over 76% of the people in Afghanistan are at risk of contracting malaria which is the 3rd highest percentage in the world.

With your help, we will work towards reducing malaria deaths by 60 – 70% in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Through awareness and control measures this disease can be prevented.