The South Asian Malaria Foundation (SAMF) strives to educate the South Asian community about the dangers of the malaria parasite and infectious disease. In addition, SAMF aims to provide low cost treatment methods to disadvantaged South Asian communities.
India has had over 10 million cases of patients contracting malaria with over 50,000+ reported deaths. According to the World Health Organization, India alone accounts for 58% of malaria cases in the South and East Asian regions alone. India has improved its control over this dangerous parasite but unfortunately, 22% of the country lives in an area of high transmission and 67% of the country lives in an area of low transmission. Essentially, nearly 90% of the country is still in danger of contracting this deadly parasite.
The malaria parasite is first transmitted into the mosquito insect. There are approximately 12 types of mosquito species that contain nearly all of the malaria parasites known today. All it takes is a simple mosquito bite from a mosquito containing malaria to infect a human. Afterwards, if that human shares needles or their blood with other humans, those humans will also become infected.
First and foremort, avoid tropical and mosit areas where mosquitos are prevelant which increases the chances of receiving a mosquito bite. Wear clothing that protects as much of your body as possible such as pants and sleeved shirts. If available, use insect repellent with DEET (N, N diethylmetatoluamide) or mosquito nettings in order to avoid contact with mosquitos. Following one or more of these instructions drastically reduces the chance of contracting the malaria parasitwe.
Project Net is SAMF's first major project which intends to provide mosquito nets to disadvantaged children in villages across India which present a threat of possible malaria contraction. Project Net is currently in its developmental stage and will soon begin fundraising for the costs of the mosquito bed nets. Stay tuned for more updates and information on how you can contribute!
The SAMF executive team is composed of the members below who have worked extensively to help make SAMF what it is today.
The malaria parasite has been killing children and sapping the strength of whole populations for tens of thousands of years. It is impossible to calculate the harm malaria has done to the world.Bill Gates
Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.Hippocrates