Some facts and statistics about Malaria in Uganda:
Very few residents use nets and malaria remains a major and dangerous illness - particularly when it affects children.
Reasons for not using nets vary. For many, they cost too much - about 15,000 UGS, or £3 - when still the majority of Ugandans live on just over 60p or $1 a day.
Uganda has large areas of beautiful wetlands, but as a consequence it is one of the countries in Africa thought to harbor the most fertile breeding grounds for the Anopheles mosquito - the insect responsible for malaria.
In 2010, 9.6m - or 28% Uganda's 34m people - were affected with malaria.
Death figures vary depending on the source and the year. The WHO counted 17,431 malaria deaths in Uganda in 2010. But Uganda’s health ministry’s September 2013 report showed that an estimated 80,000 Ugandans died between July 2012 and June 2013, making malaria the most lethal communicable disease in the country. The Malaria Consortium, an NGO from the UK, estimates that malaria kills between 70,000 and 100,000 people annually in Uganda.
Sensitizing communities is therefore all the more important if communities are going to take a more proactive stance in trying to arrest the spread of malaria.