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A Battle for Millions

Jan 15, 2016

Malaria is a deadly, mosquito-borne, disease that affects millions in Africa and around the world. It is transmitted by a mosquito that has bitten a person infected with the disease. These transmitted parasites grow and multiply in the liver and blood. Effects from the disease may be felt as soon as 8 days and up to one year after infection.

The symptoms include fever, flu like illness, shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

David Livingston was a national British hero. He was a Missionary and Medical Doctor who spent many years in Africa, including several trips through Malawi. He saw the terrible effects of Malaria on the people, and even on himself, and he pursued treatment of it through the discovery of quinine which is found in the bark of the South American Cinchona tree. He made great strides with this treatment. However, 21 of the missionaries/doctors who traveled with him, and he himself, died of Malaria while in Africa in the late 1800s.

By God's good grace, none of our missionaries to Malawi nor their families have died from Malaria; however, it does affect all of them. Thankfully, good treatment is available if diagnosed and treated promptly and can be cured and even in limited ways prevented. Becca recommends an excellent website if you would like to read more -

Blessings, Sidney Vaughn