African Rains

Malaria wipes out a million each year

By Peggy Drake

What do you think of when you hear the word “Africa”—picturesque villages, elephants and lions or maybe poverty, famine and AIDS?

As terrifying as AIDS is, there is another plague that can kill through a single mosquito bite. In 1890 the first seven C&MA missionaries arrived in West Africa, and within the first few months, four died of a deadly fever. Very likely the cause was malaria. More than 115 years later, there is still no vaccine against this disease.

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