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MAP International will soon begin providing nearly $1 million in AIDS and malaria programs for thousands of men, women and children in northern Uganda, where a 20-year civil war has forced many people from their homes and into rudimentary camps.
The MAP projects are designed to reduce the prevalence of malaria and AIDS, both of which are major causes of death among Ugandans.
For decades people in northern Uganda have been subject to attacks from rebel groups and onsets of disease that thrive in refugee camps where many are living.
Now, heavy rains and torrential flooding is exacerbating an already dire situation.
Rain has fallen nearly incessantly since August, causing tremendous problems for nearly 300,000 people in Uganda. Homes, crops and roads have been washed away. Villages have been submerged. Latrines have collapsed.
Millions of Lives Saved; Community Health Improved - Growth Cited for 2007 Efforts
MAP International concluded its 2006 work achieving remarkable outreach to clinics and hospitals in poor countries. In total, MAP provided through its global network of partners more than $235 million in life-saving medicine and health supplies to clinics and hospitals in 112 countries worldwide.
"In a year when there wasn't a high profile disaster like a tsunami or major hurricane, MAP supporters made a difference in millions of lives by helping us work in forgotten emergencies in places like …
In the next 60 days, MAP International will provide about $14 million in essential medicines to the most impoverished communities on the continent of Africa.
"Africa's growing crisis is being ignored by many. But it's real and it's escalating," said MAP President Michael J. Nyenhuis who recently returned from an organizational leadership summit in West Africa.
Public health estimates show that malaria kills an African child every 30 seconds.