Archive for August 26th, 2010



Malaria, together with HIV/AIDS and TB, is one of the major public health challenges undermining development in the poorest countries in the world. Malaria kills an African child every 30 seconds. Many children who survive an episode of severe malaria may suffer from learning impairments or brain damage. Pregnant women and their unborn children are also particularly vulnerable to malaria, which is a major cause of perinatal mortality, low birth weight and maternal anaemia
Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Kenya .

  • 25 million out of a population of 34 million Kenyans are at risk of malaria.
  • It accounts for 30-50% of all outpatient attendance and 20% of all admissions to health facilities.
  • An estimated 170 million working days are lost to the disease each year (MOH 2001).
  • Malaria is also estimated to cause 20% of all deaths in children under five (MOH 2006).
  • The most vulnerable group to malaria infections are pregnant women and children under 5 years of age

Malaria is the major health threat facing 1100 inhabitants of Kokwa Island of Lake Baringo in Kenya  accounting for 54% clinic attendance  and leading to high mortality rate and decline in community productivity. The island’s remoteness; poor communication; limited information and inadequate medication further complicate the situation. Network for Ecofarming in Africa (NECOFA) which is involved in community development activities on the island has embarked on project “protect 1100 people on kokwa island from Malaria”. The project will ensure proper diagnosis and treatment of diseases at Kokwa dispensary and equip community members with disease prevention materials and knowledge tapping on both scientific and local knowledge. For details and/or to donate to this project visit