Malaria is part of our lives here. If a patient has fever there is a good chance that there is malaria. With few exceptions we treat for Malaria whenever fever is present. Malaria medications is one thing we have not run out since I have been here. While people may be very ill with Malaria they almost always respond to treatment and usually are much improved by the next day.
This weekend we had a reminder that Malaria is still a killer. A 16 year old girl was admitted over the weekend with a fever of 105 and a decreased level of consciousness. Despite treatment with our 2 strongest medications she never regained consciousness and died 3 days later.
The World Health Organization figures still show over 1 million deaths annually from this disease throughout the world. We are keeping this girl and her family in our prayers this week.