According to the World Health Organization half of the world’s population are at risk of malaria. While there are four parasites that can cause malaria in humans, Plasmodium falciparum is by far the most deadly and common, this strain is prevalent in Zambia.
Malaria disease caused by P. falciparum may result in death within hours or a few days of infection especially in those with a low immunity such as children, pregnant women, people with AIDS and travellers with little or no malaria. It can also result in the miscarriage of pregnant women, low birth-weight infants, developmental disabilities and other complications.
2016 – Mukuni Chiefdom records the lowest number of cases of malaria in the Kazungula District
This year Zambia saw an increase in malaria, with outbreaks turning into emergencies in the districts of Ndola, Kazungula and Kabwe. Kazungula recorded over 9,000 cases, however the entire Mukuni Chiefdom had only 200, but only a handful in the areas where our new malaria prevention intervention was applied. Whereas Singwamba, in the Nyawa Chiefdom, recorded 3,245 cases and 12 deaths in children between the ages of 1 and 13 years.
2016 – The Butterfly Tree reports zero cases of malaria in Chuunga Village
The villages in the Chuunga Community used to have high cases of malaria, due to lack of prevention methods. In November 2015 The Butterfly Tree distributed an innovative malaria prevention initiative, using a safe insecticidal coating, in all the households. From the 1st January to 31st March no new cases have malaria have been reported. Over 1,000 households have been protected in the Mukuni and Sekute Chiefdoms.
2015 – The Butterfly Tree launches a new innovative malaria prevention programme
The charity has been granted a licence to for importation, storage transportation and distribution of new innovative products that could potentially save the lives of thousands of people. The first distribution of the products started in November 2015.
According to the latest estimates from WHO, there were 214 million new cases of malaria worldwide in 2015 (range 149–303 million). The African Region accounted for most global cases of malaria (88%), followed by the South-East Asia Region (10%) and the Eastern Mediterranean Region (2%). In 2015, there were an estimated 438 000 malaria deaths, 90% occurred in the African Region.
- Globally malaria is the biggest killer of man
- An estimated 3.3 billion people are at risk of malaria
- 78% of people who die from malaria are children under 5 mostly in sub-Sahara Africa
- 90% of deaths occur in sub-Sahara Afrcia
- In 2015 97 countries and territories had ongoing malaria transmission
- In 2015 an estimated 241 million cases of malaria worldwide
- In 2015 an estimated 438,000 deaths
Help Prevent Malaria
Child deaths caused by malaria have halved in the last decade. Just £5 will buy a mosquito net to help protect people from this destructive disease.
Our Malaria Projects
The Butterfly Tree helps to increase awareness and raise funds to assist Zambia’s fight against malaria. In 2015 a safe innovative malaria prevention initiative is being brought into Zambia by The Butterfly Tree, with the potential to save thousands of lives. This is supported by Saga Charitable Trust and Medisave UK.
The charity also provides malaria mosquito nets and educational workshops in remote villages. Early testing is imperative, although malaria cannot be cured it can be easily treated. Workshops inform the people of the importance of being tested and how sleeping under insecticide-treated nets can save lives.