Wet Season increases Malaria Rates

In Uganda, the wet season has arrived. It is now not only constantly hot, but also extremely humid. This climate is very trying for humans, but the anopheles mosquito simply loves it. The mosquito which has a body size of just a few millimetres requires not only warm temperatures, but also stagnant water for reproduction. The inherent danger: about 40 anopheles species can transmit human malaria. If malaria is not treated quickly, it can be fatal, particularly for children.

The Struggle for little Sam’s Life

By now, Sam is happy again. (Photo: Ross) Little Sam now is one and a half years old and very small for his age. Just like many other children in Uganda he suffers from malnutrition and in addition to this, he also contracted severe even complicated malaria with extreme anaemia. His level of haemoglobin – the oxygen-carrying substance in the human body – was so low that it is was difficult to measure at all. Sam was unconscious, feverish and extremely short of breath when he was admitted to the emergency ward of our hospital in Uganda. “Sam was a particularly difficult case. Due to his critical condition, it took us very long to insert an intravenous line”, says Simone Ross, paediatric nurse with Cap Anamur. Everything had to be done very quickly because Sam’s condition was really critical. Thanks to the good cooperation with the lab, the local Cap Anamur team was able to quickly start a blood transfusion. The small boy’s condition slowly stabilised over night after an oxygen therapy and immediate administration of anti-malaria and fever-reducing medication. Two days later, we were able to move Sam to the paediatric ward for further treatment and special diet. He is still weak, but owing to the special diet, he slowly recovers and gains weight.

>>> If Sam had been admitted to our hospital only a little bit later, he probably would be dead by now. Help us to help. Donate for Uganda now.