Feeling very helpless here, I've decided to use this blog to share some info on malaria.
- Malaria caused by a parasite (plasmodium) that is spread from person to person through the bites of infected mosquitos. If not treated promptly, malaria can be fatal.
- Symptoms of malaria are high fever, chills, headache, vomiting, flu like symptoms, and can lead lead to coma or death.
- About 3.3 billion people (half the world's population) is at risk for malaria. Every year about 250 million people are infected and one million people die. The poorest are most vulnerable.
- One in five childhood deaths in Africa are due to malaria. It is estimated that an African child has an average of 1 to 5 episodes of malaria fever each year. EVERY 30 SECONDS A CHILD DIES FROM MALARIA IN AFRICA.
- Early diagnosis and treatment can shorten the duration of the infection and prevent further complications and deaths. Although, treatment and prevention is fairly cheap compared to American standards, it cannot be afforded by many that are at most risk.
- Long-lasting insecticidal nets can provide protection for high risk groups. Indoor residential spraying is most effective. But again, this all costs money.
Okay, now for the pictures sent to us by the wonderful Suzanne! Suzanne brought supplies to Mama Josphine today. She took these priceless pictures. She also has assured us after meeting Mama Josephine and her loving family that we can sleep well tonight because our boys are in very loving arms! Lots of them to be exact! Thanks again so much to her and Mama Josephine and her family for taking care of our precious boys! Merci Mama Josephine mai et de la famille et que Dieu vous benisse tous!
Chad sleeping soundly in Mama Josephine's arms.
Mama Josephine and Pastor Loma's family.
The boys are getting lots of attention from the whole gang!Chad and Ian with Family.
What Big Eyes Beautiful Eyes Ian does Have!
Mama Josephine holding Chad and her daughter holding Ian.
I am getting so anxious to have these boys in our arms. But I am so thankful that they are in a loving home! We are still waiting for the US approval of our I-600A (approval for us to adopt internationally). Then they have to approve our I-600 (approval to adopt Chad and Ian)! Our Kinshasa paperwork is going smoothly. Possibly, in as little as 30 days the boys can be legally ours! Now if we can just get things over here moving!