"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. An estimated 6,000 people die every day from drinking dirty water and sub-standard sanitation in Africa. And, the TB epidemic will kill more than 500,000 people this year alone on that troubled continent.
"I am hopeful that the large media events coming this weekend will inspire those of us who can to do a little more to save lives on the continent," Nyenhuis said.
Medicine shipments are scheduled for Angola, Chad, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and Uganda.
MAP is currently procuring additional supplies of essential medicines and medical supplies that will be placed in clinics and hospitals in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Sudan.
Critical supplies include antibiotics, analgesics, personal care items and feminine hygience products, anti-malarials, vitamins and nutritional supplements, cold and cough medicines, disposable gloves, burn creams, antithelmics, wound care supplies, vaccines oral rehydration solution, and sutures and surgical supplies.
MAP recently received a report detailing how its supplies saved the life of a child in Uganda.
Solomon Ocen, a one-year old child in Tubur, Uganda, recently benefited from medicines and supplies from MAP International. His mother- Regina Akello brought him to the Tubur Health Centre III- a Uganda government facility that depends on organizations like MAP to provide essential medicines. Solomon had been suffering from extreme high fever and other complications from malaria. Doctors there were able to save his life using MAP-supplied anti-malaria medicines.