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World Malaria Day 2009

Every 30 second a child dies from Malaria, every year Malaria kills at least a million people. Malaria drugs are failing due to increased resistance against traditional drugs.

This means money need to be spent on malaria prevention and finding new malaria treatment.
According to the WHO and Unicef early treatment of malaria and proper use of Malaria nets could reduce malaria transmission by up to 60% and death rates in young children by around a fifth.
Good sanitation and running water also prevents Malaria from spreading as Mosquitoes would have nowhere to bread. Lepra is working together with other aid agencies to clear stagnate water and to provide nets to people at risk from Malaria infection.

For us in the west Malaria nets are cheap as in the words of David Beckham “For less than the cost of a football you can protect a family from dying.” So why not donate and do your bit to save a family.

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Woman and Child with Malaria net. Picture Ugandavillageproject.org.

In Swedish
Idag är det Internationella Malariadagen, var 30 sekund så dör ett barn av Malaria, varje år så dör minst 1 miljon människor i Malaria.

Traditionella Malaria mediciner funkar inte alltid pga ökad resistans bland Malaria parasiterna. Pengar behöver spenderas på att förhindra spridning och nya effektivare mediciner.
Enligt WHO och UNICEf så kan en kombination av tidig behandling av Malaria samt användandet av Myggnät minska Malaria spridning med 60% och minska dödligheten bland små barn med en femtedel.
Bra sanering och rinnande vatten förhindrar också att Malaria sprids eftersom Myggen förlorar ställen att lägga sin ägg. Lepra jobbar i samarbete med andra hjälp organisationer för att sanera bort stillastående vatten och tillhandahålla myggnät.

Det kostar mindre än en fotboll att skydda en familj mot malaria, så donera pengar nu.

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Imagine yourself in their situation

This year I went to Kenya for my holiday, the main aim was to recharge my batteries in the sun and have time alone together with my partner. We really needed sometime together away from everything as we had worked to much and had too little time for each other, we were really down and found everything a bit hard.

The sun, sea and diving really did the trick although we hardly relaxed at all.

But one of the things that I will remember the most from this holiday was Bombolulu. Bombolulu is a slum area in Mombasa, we decided to go there on our last day to see the real life in Kenya not just the perfect tourist world. Kenya is very poor and have all the diseases of poverty that Lepra is trying to prevent.

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Every monsoon season a few houses collapse, there is no proper water sanitation which leads to outbreaks of Cholera and still standing water is a perfect breeding ground for Mosquitos carrying Malaria.
We in the west could so easily help the poor but yet we chose not to, we close our eyes and pretend that poverty and diseases doesn’t exist. We pretend that Kenya and other tourist destinations are as perfect as the brochures, well sorry to spoil it for you the world isn’t perfect.

Open your eyes because you miss things amongst all the poverty we found beautiful and happy people. We did not get bothered by anyone in the slums they were nothing but polite to us.
Just look at the school children smiling even though their school is muddy ground.
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To help kids like these we need to donate money to research diseases, spread knowledge about how they spread and how to help the already infected people.
You just need to press the button ————–>
it is as easy as that 😉

PS All slums are not the same some are really dangerous like the ones in Brazil so take care on your holidays.

Swedish
Jag och sötnosen åkte till Kenya på semester för att ladda batterierna i solen och få tid för varandra.
Vi hade jättetrevligt i solen och värmen och dök en massa.

Men det vi kommer komma ihåg längst var sista dagen som vi spenderar i Bobolulu. Bombolulu är ett slum område i Mombasa. Alla sjukdomar som Lepra försöker utrota finns där. Bilden ovan visar ett hus som rasade i senaste regnet, regn som ofta för med sig kolera pga obefintlig vatten sanering, detta leder också till stillastående vatten där myggor bärandes malaria föds.
Kenya och andra turist resemål är inte perfekta som vi vill inbilla oss vi kan inte blunda längre och låtsas.
Du kan gör skillnad nu det enda du behöver göra är att trycka på knappen ——————>
så enkelt är det att donera och de glada barnen på skolan kan fortsätta vara glada och friska.

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Lepra the charity

Lepra is a charity that started out focusing on curing and preventing Leprosy in the 1920s. Lepra is still fighting hard to prevent Leprosy but they are now also focusing on other diseases of poverty such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Lymphatic Filariasis (also known as Elephantiasis).

Lepra works in the poorest countries where health care is not easily accessible or hugely expensive for people surviving on bare minimum already. They try to cure and prevent disease but another important part of their work is to educate the communities around the sick since as well as being sick they often get ostracised by the community. Being sick in some areas is difficult since there is misconceptions on why some get sick. Many are avoided due to ignorance about how diseases spread, others believe that the sick are cursed or in fact bad spirits, this can all be prevented through education.

Money donated can really go far £5 a month, which is less than 20p a day to you and me, can provide life saving basic health care. £10 pays for a health team to visit a village and educate the community about the diseases of poverty that affect them, and where they can obtain advice and treatment.

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Lymphatic Filariasis a stigmatising illness. Picture LEPRA.

Swedish
Lepra grundades på 1920 talet för att bota och förhindra spridning utav Lepra (Spetälska), det gör de fortfarande men nu fokuserar de också på andra fattigdoms sjukdomar som Malaria, Tuberkulos, HIV/AIDS och Filariainfektion (Elefantsjukan).

Lepra jobbar i de fattigaste länderna där det är svårt och/eller dyrt att få sjukvård speciellt när man redan är fattig och utsatt. Andra viktiga delar av Lepras arbete är att utbilda befolkningen i de smittades byar och samhällen för att förhindra att de blir utstötta. Många sjuka blir utsötta eftersom omgivningen inte vet hur sjukdomarna sprids eller för att de tror att den sjuka är under en förbannelse eller rent utav en ond ande.

Alla pengar donerade ge mycket tillbaka, 60 -70 kronor i månaden är inte mycket för oss men för ett fattig barn så kan det vara skillnaden mellan livräddande behandling eller en tidig grav. 140 kronor kan utbilda en hel by i hur sjukdomar sprids och hur man kan behandla dem.

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