Malaria

Malaria

A frightening thought

Felicity, John Paul and Alex talk about malaria. It is a big problem in their country, responsible for one in six deaths among children under five.

Felicity (right), John Paul (left) and Alex (centre) are fortunate: they have been educated about the dangers. They understand the risks posed by catching malaria and about the importance of using mosquito nets at night.

And they are lucky enough to have them. Some families cannot afford mosquito nets and some do not understand why they are so vital, even mistaking a mosquito net for wedding gown material!

Many villages are situated near to lakes, as John Paul points out. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, which is why the risks of being bitten in Uganda and catching malaria are so high.