A Beautiful Pregnancy Made Possible


April 20, 2015

Ann Walela is a 31-year old mother of two in Kenya. After her first child was born, Ann suffered four miscarriages, all due to complications from malaria. She was losing hope she’d ever have another baby. When she learned she was pregnant yet again she was both hopeful and fearful. She met Benedict Juma, a community health volunteer working with Jhpiego-led program to end preventable maternal and child deaths.

Benedict taught Ann the importance of using insecticide-treated mosquito nets, and directed her to a local health facility where she received treatments to prevent malaria. At these appointments Ann was given further instruction on how to protect herself and her family from malaria.


As she cuddles her six-month-old son Daniel, Walela says, “It was such a beautiful pregnancy. Apart from fatigue and the usual nausea, I had no complications at all… He is my miracle.”

April 25th is World Malaria Day, and we’re celebrating the work Jhpiego does to protect women and young children from the effects of this disease.

Jhpiego is a non-profit organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Since 1974 their work has focused on saving the lives of women and families. In over 155 countries, Jhpiego works with health experts and community leaders to create strategies for high-quality health care. Their work involves training health care workers and developing low-cost solutions to make quality health care accessible to women and families everywhere.

Malaria, a disease spread by mosquitoes, is a serious problem. Pregnant women and newborn children are the most vulnerable to malaria, and over 85% of deaths from malaria occur in children under 5 years old. Yet, malaria is 100% preventable and treatable!

One community leader in Burkina Faso says, in support of Jhpiego’s malaria prevention efforts, “We cannot sit back, because our future depends on woman and children.”

We hope you’ll stand with us as we support Jhpiego in their work during World Malaria Day on Saturday.

Take Action Challenge

Read more about Ann and Daniel here. Find out more about what Jhpiego is doing to protect women and their families from malaria around the world. Use #defeatmalaria to join the conversation online throughout the week leading up to World Malaria Day on Saturday. Remember – malaria is 100% preventable and treatable.

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