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Success! Dan from Uganda raised $130 for malaria treatment.

  • $130 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Dan's treatment was fully funded on April 1, 2016.

Photo of Dan post-operation

May 2, 2016

Dan underwent successful malaria treatment.

“Dan will be able to go back to school and take part in the things he loves doing, including studying science and playing soccer,” reports our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation.

Dan’s mother shares with donors: “I wish to tell them thank you so much. With four children in school, it is very expensive and supporting Dan is a big help.”

"Dan will be able to go back to school and take part in the things he loves doing, including studying science and playing soccer," reports o...

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March 12, 2016

Dan is a nine-year-old boy who lives with his parents and three siblings in a village in the mountains of Uganda. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, shares: “Dan has been sick for several days with malaria. His symptoms include fever, tiredness, and vomiting and as a result, he has not been going to school.”

Dan loves to jump rope, play soccer, study science, and help his parents with chores - such as looking after the family’s goats. Recently, Dan has been too sick to do much of anything and his parents are eager for their son to recover. Dan’s parents are small-scale farmers who grow sweet potatoes, ground nuts, and beans, but they do not have the income to afford Dan’s medical treatment.

For $130, Dan will receive the medication he needs to alleviate his symptoms and prevent the malaria from progressing into a more serious condition with long-term consequences. Dan’s parents contributed $1 to his treatment.

“We are so grateful for the help with our son,” shares Dan’s mother. “Thank you.”

Dan is a nine-year-old boy who lives with his parents and three siblings in a village in the mountains of Uganda. Our medical partner, The K...

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Dan's Timeline

  • March 12, 2016

    Dan was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • March 12, 2016

    Dan received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • March 31, 2016

    Dan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 1, 2016

    Dan's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 2, 2016

    Dan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Ped. Malaria
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Early symptoms of uncomplicated malaria include fever and flu-like illness, shaking chills, headaches, muscle aches, and tiredness. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Untreated, uncomplicated malaria can quickly progress to complicated malaria. Complicated malaria means that the disease has become life-threatening. By disrupting blood supply to vital organs, it alters important bodily functions. Complicated malaria can lead to death in a few hours or days or have long-term impacts. Symptoms include severe anemia, pulmonary edema, kidney failure, seizures, mental confusion, coma, and death. Neurologic defects may persist following cerebral malaria, especially in children. Such defects include troubles with movement, palsies, speech difficulties, deafness, and blindness. An estimated 90% of the malaria deaths in Africa occur south of the Sahara. Most of these deaths occur in children under 5 years of age.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Malaria that is not treated promptly can progress to complicated malaria, with potential long-term effects or death. Inadequate treatment of malaria can lead to frequent relapses, resulting in severe anemia, especially in children. There is also some evidence of long-term cognitive impairment in children who have had complicated or cerebral malaria.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Malaria is endemic to most of sub-Saharan Africa, including Uganda. In rural, southwest Uganda, much of the population is poor and cannot afford insecticide-treated bed nets, one of the best ways to prevent transmission of malaria in children. In addition, their houses may not have doors, windows, or screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment for pediatric complicated malaria requires admission to the hospital. A patient is given three doses of intravenous artesunate over 24 hours. In addition, the patient may receive medications to control fever and pain and to support the affected organs. Seizures, if present, need to be stopped with medications. Severe anemia necessitates blood transfusion. Frequently, antibiotics are given to treat concurrent infections. After treatment with artesunate and for any concurrent conditions, the child is sent home with three days of Coartem® to stop the growth of the parasites in the blood.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

If the right treatment is started promptly, then malaria is treatable. A patient’s life can be saved.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Artesunate is generally safe and well-tolerated. Coartem may have some side effects, including mild weakness or dizziness, mild headaches, joint or muscle pain, cough, or trouble sleeping.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Uncomplicated malaria can be treated with oral artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), available from local district health centers. Complicated malaria must be treated in the hospital. Some patients are also referred from lower-level health centers, which are less well-staffed and equipped to manage the complications of malaria.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives to intravenous ACT-based medications for complicated malaria. The alternative hospitals are more than a two-hour drive away. Complicated malaria often occurs after patients have tried to self-medicate without consulting a qualified health worker. They use drugs purchased from a local pharmacy or herbal medications from a traditional healer.

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