Many of the youth in sub-Saharan Africa constantly encounter difficulties that are most likely inevitable factors of their life circumstances. Although the UN and other organizations have made substantial progress in facilitating the development of these regions, there is still much work to be done. Here at End Malaria Now, we believe that our work begins with the children.
This year, we plan to focus on the issues faced by young people in Africa that hinder them from succeeding academically. Lack of resources and ineffective classroom settings are key factors affecting the learning outcomes in Africa.
Access to basic services and availability of sanitary and safe facilities improve the learning environment, while students' health and wellness boost school attendance and achievement. This is why we are dedicated to providing supportive services that will prevent malaria, provide clean water sources, and contribute to an effective learning environment.
- Malaria kills over 1/2 million children every year
- Malaria costs Africa an estimated $12 billion in lost productivity
- Almost half the world's population is at risk of malaria (1)
- In 2015, there were 91 new cases of malaria per 1,000 people at risk.(1)
- There were an estimated 214 million new cases of malaria in 2015(1)
- Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 89% of all malaria cases worldwide.(1)
Lack of clean water sources affects more than 2 billion people around the world, which hinders social and economic development.(2)
In 2012, it was estimated that at least 1.8 billion people were exposed to contaminated drinking water.
Half of the primary schools in Africa do not have clean drinking water(3)
- Each day,nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrheal diseases. (4)
- As of 2013, 59 million children and 65 million adolescents were not in school (5)
- More than half of children that have not enrolled in school live in sub-Saharan Africa.(6)
- As of 2015, 757 million adults still lack basic reading and writing skills. (7)
- In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%.(8)
- Children who suffer from poor oral health are more likely to miss out on educational activities.
- 1 in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their menstrual cycle, which in some estimates may equal as much as 20% of a given school year. (9)
- Many girls drop out altogether once they begin menstruating. (9)
- In Kenya alone, the cost of poor sanitation totals $324 million per year (10)