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The Wiliam and Lydia Foundation
The WLF is a non profit organization with exempt status pending, dedicated to saving lives through the research and development of natural alternative malaria treatments. We are committed to making effective treatments available through existing networks where ever lives are being lost to malaria around the world.
The WLF's goals are to support awareness, education, training and leadership programs for the immediate and long term development and application of tools to combat malaria. Children are most vulnerable to malaria. This disease also severely afflicts pregnant women and non immune individuals. There are hundreds of millions of cases annually in more than 90 countries, resulting in several million deaths each year.
Malaria is a deadly mosquito-borne disease that affects millions each year in Africa and around the world:
- Nearly one million people die from malaria each year, mostly children younger than five years old.
- There are an estimated 250 million cases of malaria each year.
- Although the vast majority of malaria cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa, the disease is a public-health problem in more than 109 countries in the world, 45 of which are in Africa.
- Every thirty seconds a child dies from malaria
- 90% of all malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Malaria costs an estimated $12 billion in lost productivity in Africa.
- When insecticide-treated nets are used properly by three-quarters of the people in a community, malaria transmission is cut by 50%, child deaths are cut by 20%, and the mosquito population drops by as much as 90%.
- It is estimated that less than 5% of children in sub-Saharan Africa currently sleep under any type of insecticide-treated net.