In Uganda, over 18,000 children under five die from malaria each year. Delayed treatment is a common cause of childhood deaths, especially in rural Uganda where distance to health facilities presents a major challenge.
“Most of the children would suffer from malaria, diarrhoea, and coughs. But instead of taking the children to the health centre, mothers would often just give them paracetamol at home,” explains Lucy Irumba, a volunteer community health worker (CHW) in Hoima district, mid-western Uganda. “Sometimes, the children would die as a result. As a mother and a grandmother, this is very painful to witness, when you know it is avoidable.”