Johari, mother of two
Johari says that malaria not only wastes her time but is stopping her children from achieving their full potential. The mother of two is frequently taking her kids to the hospital for malaria testing and treatment. They miss school and fall behind in lessons, making her worry that the disease is denying them the chance to fulfil their dreams.
Spending so much time going back and forth to the hospital also puts a burden on her entire family and the wider community. The constant medical visits are time consuming and she wishes she had the opportunity to spend her days more productively instead.
I feel like malaria has wasted a lot of my time
Johari, who has had malaria several times herself, believes that the disease is more prevalent now than when she was a child. When she visits the health facility, she always sees many people waiting for malaria treatment. Her children sleep under a net, but still they get bitten frequently. She estimates one of her children is sick every few months, and they often present with malaria symptoms nearly simultaneously which can be especially demanding. TCDC, a project that has received funding to combat malaria thanks to a partnership between Comic Relief and GSK, is on the frontline of the fight against malaria in Tanzania. The project trains volunteers to go into schools and communities to educate students and residents about treatment and prevention. Johari’s children are at one of the schools in Kigoma, western Tanzania, where TCDC’s volunteers work.
Johari, mother of four
Leonard, father, farmer and assistant
When Leonard was 19 years old, his firstborn baby became gravely sick.
As many as five students can be absent from Burega secondary school each day due to malaria.
Jacob, Tanzania Communication and Development Centre
Jacob is on the front line of the fight against malaria in Tanzania.
Patrick, malaria patient
In 2016, 13-year-old Patrick started to feel ill while his mother was out farming.
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