Malaria is a major public health problem in Tanzania. Annual malaria deaths in Tanzania are estimated to be 60,000, with 80 percent of these deaths among children under five years of age. Approximately 14 to 18 million clinical malaria cases are reported annually by public health services and more than 40 percent of all outpatient visits are attributed to malaria.
Malaria is quit a big challenge Due to poor living conditions, the majority of Tanzanians suffer from malaria -a preventable disease that can have a serious negative impact on pregnant women and young children. Malaria is the number one killer among children in Tanzania. Mothers who contract malaria during pregnancy run the risk of having low birth weight babies, maternal anemia, impaired fetal growth, spontaneous abortions, stillbirths, and premature babies.
Successfully removing malaria as a public health threat may be within our reach, but it continues to require an aggressive strategy based on broad partnerships and political will. This – coupled with determined efforts by communities, families, and individuals who all help to curb the spread of this disease - is the formula for success.
Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to malaria as pregnancy reduces a woman’s immunity to malaria, making her more susceptible to malaria infection and increasing the risk of illness, severe anemia and death. For the unborn child, maternal malaria increases the risk of spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, premature delivery and low birth weight - a leading cause of child mortality.
The problem has long been neglected, but new approaches and commitment offer hope for reducing the burden of malaria in pregnancy and improving the health of mothers and newborns.
lots of deaths caused by Malaria affects young children and pregnant women in Tanzania.The Government has implemented different efforts to reduce this disease.
Each year 300-500 million people suffer from malaria with children and pregnant women at greatest risk from this devastating, ancient disease. Ninety percent of these deaths are among children in impoverished areas of rural Africa. While malaria has been all but forgotten in the United States, it remains the leading cause of death for children under 5 in Africa, killing approximately 1 million people a year.
Improving the health of populations, reducing the spread and impact of diseases are not only important in their own right, but they also result in greater productivity, economic growth, and contribute to peace and political stability. Healthier populations are able to pursue education and employment opportunities, making them better-able to contribute to and benefit from economic growth and to participate in community affairs and governance.
Something can be done to reduce this disease ,the government it self cannot concur this but it needs help ,and where does the help comes from?it begins with us lets help Tanzania buy a net for at least each home ,a net can only cost $10...buy a net to save Tanzanians children and pregnant women.