CDH International Foundation
Malaria Control Program
Project - Balaram
This child was 3 years old in this photo and had never walked, due
to extreme weakness from chronic malaria. After treatment the
village was astonished to find this child standing and walking.
It was thought that this child would never walk in his lifetime.
- We have not
been very successful in controlling malaria with the
distribution of treated bed nets. Some of the problems have been.
1. Mosquitoes get trapped inside the
and they prefer the traditional custom of
tucking their bed sheet under their whole
body from head to toe to prevent mosquito
bites while sleeping.
2. We find they sew the mosquito nets together
and use them to cover their animals.
3. When we arranged the nets over the windows
and doors, it still did not make a
difference, as they are out doing chores at
and prefer to burn cow dung during the time
the mosquitoes are out.
The program that
has been much more successful in controlling malaria has been the
use monoclonal antibody rapid malaria tests for early identification
diagnosis and treatment of the infected patients so that they are
not a reservoir and prophylactically treat the rest of the villagers
during the malaria season.
Both photos in row 2 were taken during a
severe outbreak of malaria. There were many deaths due to Falciparum
The first photo in row 3 was of the children
and mother who had just lost their father and husband. As I
stood there they only had 3 pieces of flat bread for the family.
The mother was explaining to the children that their father had died
and that they must share the tiny bit of food that they had with the
dogs, as now the dogs would be there to protect them since their
father had died.