Malaria is a serious disease transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms include; high fever, chills, muscle pain, nausea, headache, seizures and if left un-treated, even death. Approximately 60% Pakistan’s population live in areas where the disease is prevalent. There are 1.6 million malaria cases reported each year, making it the second most prevalent disease in the country. Malaria is most common during, just before or after the rainy season in tropical countries. In Pakistan this is usually from March to November.
The Salvation Army’s reputation in Pakistan is an organization that cares without discrimination. They are known for caring for children and providing opportunities. Part of their efforts is on providing stable learning environments as well as disease prevention. Mosquito nets are a simple and effective tool in the fight against malaria.
With donor support, The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory has been able to purchase and distribute mosquito nets to the children in four different Salvation Army social centres in Pakistan; Tibba Coaching School, Joyland Children’s Home, Site Metroville Boys Boarding Hostel and Shantinagar Education Institute. The latter three are also sponsored by The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory’s Brighter Futures Children’s Sponsorship program.
With donations from Gifts of Hope, 517 children are now protected from this terrible disease. This is Danish’s story:
“My name is Danish and I live in a boy’s home in Jhang. I am 15 years-old and have been living here since I was four. When I first came here I missed my family even though I spent most of my time living alone, but now I am happy. The staff is very caring. I have found the new mosquito nets in our hostel very helpful and we are very thankful for this in our home.”
The use of mosquito nets means that individuals will be protected from the risk of exposure to Malaria. If you would like to give the gift of a mosquito net and limit the risk of malaria, visit our Gifts of Hope webpage at www.salvationarmy.ca/giftsofhope.