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 protection. It can also result in the miscarriage of pregnant women, low birth-weight infants, developmental disabilities and other complications. Malaria prevention is the key to stopping malaria. A key tool in malaria prevention is the simple act of sleeping under an insecticide-treated bed net. This small resource can make the difference between life and death for a family, for a mother, for a child.
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