Malaria: The disease that silences laughter

Today, I bought a coffin.

We spent the morning in a village in Mozambique visiting Marita, a dear little girl whose best friend had died of malaria last year.

Marita was still grieving. She sat quietly while the rest of the children played in high spirits, shouting and laughing through a game of soccer.

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    Malaria: Battling the "plague of the poor"

    Today is World Malaria Day. One of the top killers of children globally, malaria remains a serious threat in African countries like Mozambique -- even though it's completely preventable and treatable, and even though it was eradicated here in the United States more than half a century ago.

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      Malaria: The source of a mother’s torment

      World Malaria Day is coming up on April 25.

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        PHOTOS: A celebration of World Health Day

        Today is World Health Day, a day to celebrate good health and be mindful of children and families around the world who do not have access to proper nourishment or basic health services. Below are photos of Joel, a boy in Uganda whose mother took him to a World Vision health clinic because he was malnourished. (Photos by Simon Peter Esaku/World Vision.)

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          Fast facts on child health

          I’m at that phase in life when a lot of my friends are having babies. Within six weeks, I will have gone to three baby showers! I’m thinking about how many prenatal doctor appointments women have in the United States -- and how many checkups and appointments most newborns have in their first year of life.

          But what if there was no doctor to visit? No hospital or nearby clinic? No family doctor or trained midwife?

          What would happen? Maternal and child mortality rates would go up.

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            The malaria scare

            The malaria scare | World Vision Blog

            Nicole Suka gives her 3-year-old son, Yangana, a sip of water as he receives a blood transfusion for his severe case of malaria.

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                Dr. Lisa Masterson of "The Doctors" works in Malawi with World Vision

                Dr. Lisa Masterson, a host of the Emmy Award-winning TV series "The Doctors," traveled to Malawi earlier this year to work with World Vision at a local clinic. Here, she shares about her memorable experience assisting with the delivery of a baby, whose health was made possible through effective prenatal care and education.

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                  What does 7-11 have to do with child and maternal health?

                  Watching the news or following blogs like this one the last couple of months may have you more curious about the international community's efforts to improve child and maternal health world wide (or at least we hope so). This blog and our homepage have intentionally featured an ongoing focus on child and maternal health recently.

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                    Malaria in the Congo: The ever-present scourge (PHOTO BLOG)

                    Here in the United States, malaria is often merely thought of as an exotic, foreign disease that was eradicated from our nation in 1951.

                    But when asked to describe malaria in one word, a nurse at Karawa General Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had this to say:


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