Kenya

Kenyan Red Cross fights malaria epidemic

The Kenyan Red Cross has organized 10,000 volunteers to fight the malaria epidemic that has killed more than 300 people and infected 158,000 in the western highlands.
Volunteers are going door-to-door educating residents about the disease and the measures that can be taken to treat and prevent it. The Red Cross is distributing food, mosquito nets and water purification tablets to residents in the six districts most adversely affected by the disease. Tents, cots and tarpaulins are also being given to hospitals overwhelmed by patients.

On Thursday, Medical Services Minister Maalim Mohamed told parliament that 294 people have died from malaria and more than 150,000 others have been infected. The Red Cross expects that number to grow.

Unusually warm and wet conditions have allowed the parasite to develop and strengthen. Used to colder weather, residents in the highlands are easily infected because they have not developed immunity and are unaware of proper precautions.

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