When community health worker Ma Nwe first saw little Than arrive at the clinic, she didn't think the boy would survive. His skin was so pale. He lay motionless in his mother's arms. "I did a rapid blood test and determined he had malaria," said Ma. "With the training and support I received from World Concern, I was able to give him medicine immediately that would treat the illness. Three days later, he was feeling better. I will never forget that I was able to save a child's life."
Ma Nwe is now using her training and experience to teach others in the village to protect themselves from malaria. "No one used insecticide treated bed nets, and were uneducated about how the disease is contracted. At first, only a few people came to the training. But after the boy's life was saved, his parents respected and trusted me. Word of this spread. Now, more than 100 villagers have been trained. This is very satisfying."
You can help save a child's life too, by protecting families like Than's from malaria.
More than a million people die from malaria each year—most of them young children just like Than. But it's preventable and treatable. Hands-on education, bed nets, and medicine can stop this deadly disease.