WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World), founded by KP Yohannan, was the model for numerous charities such as Gospel for Asia Canada – Discussing GFA World’s report, citing the lifesaving effects of malaria control across Asia in search of a cure for COVID-19.
The search for a cure for COVID-19 draws attention to yet another “forgotten” health crisis that kills more than 400,000 people worldwide every year – mosquito-borne malaria.
Another deadly scourge: Political leaders and doctors suggest that readily available anti-malarial drugs can be beneficial in treating coronavirus patients, as Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) and other organizations highlight the much-overlooked “deadly scourge” of malaria .
As some political leaders and doctors suggest that readily available anti-malarial drugs may be beneficial in treating coronavirus patients, Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) and other organizations are lifting the much-overlooked “deadly scourge” of malaria emerged.
World Malaria Day – an annual awareness-raising event – takes place on April 25th each year, and malaria control organizations like GFA look forward to the ongoing battle against the mosquito threat posed by COVID-19 not being ignored or forgotten.
Nearly half the world’s population is at risk of malaria – spread by infected mosquitoes – and children under five are the most vulnerable, according to a new GFA World report titled Mosquito-Driven Scourge Touches Even Developed Nations.
Despite the effectiveness of anti-malarial drugs like chloroquine, recently touted as a treatment for coronavirus, malaria still kills more than 400,000 people worldwide each year, more than double the global coronavirus death toll.
More than 200 million cases of malaria are reported each year, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. So far, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide is around 2.5 million and is increasing.
Mosquito Nets: Ten Dollar Lifesavers
Describing malaria as a “deadly scourge,” GFA World’s report is part of a series of in-depth special reports from the Texas-based Mission Agency that investigates critical global issues, raises awareness and encourages people to respond. A life-saving mosquito net costs only $ 10 – but more than many of Asia’s poorest families who earn less than $ 2 a day can afford it.
“For many years … teams across South Asia have been working on malaria prevention,” said Dr. Daniel, director of medical services for Believers Eastern Church in Asia. “These dedicated local workers, often miles on foot, are handing out free mosquito nets – last year alone around 360,000 – to prevent malaria infections and provide clean water and sanitation in the community to reduce the breeding grounds for mosquitoes. “
Although malaria has a lower death rate than coronavirus, the financial burden from malaria is enormous. It is estimated that malaria costs the African economy $ 12 billion each year in health care and lost productivity and investment.
With much of South Asia currently under COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, GFA World is helping to reach out to those most affected – including impoverished day laborers who cannot make money on groceries. The teams offer free meals and mosquito nets.
“Even in lockdown amid COVID-19, we in the West have the opportunity to pray at home and support local workers to save lives,” said Indian-born GFA World founder Dr. KP Yohannan, whose mission has served the poor for over 40 years in Asia and has grown into one of the largest missionary organizations in the world.
About the Gospel for Asia
Gospel for Asia (GFA, www.gfa.org) is a leading faith-based mission agency providing vital help and spiritual hope to millions of people across Asia, especially those who have not yet heard the “good news” of Jesus Christ. In the latest annual report from GFA, these were more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,000 wells drilled for clean water, over 11,000 installed water filters and income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 200,000 families in need and spiritual lessons in 110 Languages in 14 nations via radio. You can find the latest news in our press room at https://press.gfa.org/news.