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Success! Annet from Uganda raised $130 for life-saving malaria treatment.

Annet
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  • $130 raised, $0 to go
$130
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Annet's treatment was fully funded on March 31, 2016.

Photo of Annet post-operation

April 29, 2016

Annet received successful malaria treatment.

“You can see from the smile on her face that Annet is feeling better. She had uncomplicated malaria which was treated before it could progress. She is back in school and enjoying her studies,” her medical team shared.

“Thank you for the help,” Annet’s mother said. “We are glad to see Annet feeling so good.”

"You can see from the smile on her face that Annet is feeling better. She had uncomplicated malaria which was treated before it could progre...

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March 12, 2016

Meet Annet, a six-year-old first grade student from Uganda. Annet lives with her family in a remote village, where her mother makes and sells baskets and her father farms.

A few days ago, Annet contracted malaria. The Kellermann Foundation, one of Watsi’s medical partners, tells us that “Annet’s symptoms include fever, cold, chills and sweats. She has not been able to go to school.”

“She loves playing netball with the other girls and science is her favorite subject,” continues the hospital staff. “When not in school, she enjoys dancing.”

For $130, Annet will receive the medication she needs to eliminate the malaria virus from her body and prevent her condition from worsening. Annet’s parents contributed $1 to her treatment. After treatment, she should fully recover and be able to return to school.

Annet’s mother shares: “We are very poor, so thank you so much for the help.”

Meet Annet, a six-year-old first grade student from Uganda. Annet lives with her family in a remote village, where her mother makes and sell...

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Annet's Timeline

  • March 12, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Annet was submitted by Sheila Hosner at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • March 12, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Annet 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
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Annet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 31, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Annet's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 29, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Annet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
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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