Thriving mosquitoes

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

Malaria is a disease that responds directly to climate change. Increased rainfall, temperatures and humidity levels favour the mosquito population and the ensuing transmission of the disease. Malaria is the main cause of mortality in Zambia, with nearly 4.3 million cases and 50 thousand deaths every year. It accounts for one fourth of all child deaths and about 50% of children affected by malaria are hospitalised. The typical symptoms, which appear only a few days after infection, include fever, nausea, headache and joint pain. Children under 5 can die in less than 24hours. The “Mtendere Mission Hospital” in Chirundu, in Southern Zambia, one the borders with Zimbabwe, plays a fundamental role in the treatment of this terrible disease. It serves the Chirundu district, an area of nearly 150km and home to about 60.000 inhabitants, as well as patients from other living healthcare districts and the capital city Lusaka. (text by Luca Catalano Gonzaga).

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