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WORLD MALARIA DAY

25. 04. 2019 || A Call to Action

WHO joins partner organizations in promoting this year’s World Malaria Day theme, “Ready to beat malaria”. This theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria.

Malaria continues to claim a significant number of lives:  In 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, 5 million more than the 211 million cases reported in 2015, claiming the lives of 445 000 people globally same year.

The disease claims the life of a child every 2 minutes particularly with children under 5.

Africa holds the highest number of malaria cases and deaths in the world with about 194 million cases out of a world figure of about 216 million cases as t 2016.

Nigeria accounted for 27% of malaria cases and 24% of malaria deaths globally in 2016. This is heart breaking.

Urgent action is required to get the global fight against malaria back on track. Let us unite and provide solutions to prevent & treat Malaria.

The WHO is calling on everyone to promote this year’s theme “Ready to beat Malaria”. This underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria.

The African Region continues to bear 90% of malaria cases and 91% of malaria deaths worldwide.

Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country, accounted for 27% of malaria cases and 24% of malaria deaths globally in 2016.

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Cover up, Repel, Eliminate mosquitoes

Cover up

Wear long, loose fitting, light colored clothing, covering as much of the body as you can. Mosquitoes can bite through tight clothing like jeans.

Repel with repellent

  • When outdoors, apply insect repellent containing DEET (diethyl toluamide) or picaridin and always follow instructions on the label.
  • Mosquito coils can help protect from mosquitoes when outside but always follow instructions on the label.

Eliminate with household protection

Simple changes around the home can help to reduce or eliminate mosquitoes.

Stop mosquitoes coming indoors

  • Place mosquito-proof mesh on doors and windows.
  • Cover your sleeping areas with mosquito nets if you don’t have insect screens.
  • Aerosol knockdown or surface insect sprays can help control mosquitoes inside the home but always follow instructions on the label.

Stop mosquitoes breeding

Mosquitoes breed in still water, fresh or salty, and often in puddles and containers.

  • Cover rainwater tanks, septic tank openings, wells or other large water containers with mosquito- proof mesh.
  • Maintain roof gutters and remove leaves and debris so that pools of water do not form.
  • Keep edges of dams clear of vegetation.
  • Empty and refill bird baths, stock troughs and pets’ drinking water containers at least once a week.
  • Maintain and disinfect swimming pools.
  • Empty wading pools at the end of each day.
  • Ornamental ponds, unused swimming pools or other water bodies should be either emptied or stocked with small Australian native fish to eat any mosquito larvae (‘wrigglers’).

Water conservation, collection or storage

Mosquitoes can also breed in containers or tanks used to store stormwater, greywater and rainwater.

  • Containers should be emptied, fitted with a well sealing lid, or openings covered with mosquito-proof mesh.
  • If mosquito larvae (‘wrigglers’) are present then screen or close-off the point of entry.
  • Do not allow water to pool in containers below the outlets or taps.

As a last resort, rainwater tanks can be treated by adding a small amount of liquid paraffin or domestic kerosene. Do not apply kerosene if water levels are low.

Add 5ml of kerosene or one teaspoon for a 1 kiloliter tank – up to 15ml or 3 teaspoons for a 10 kiloliter tank. When using paraffin, double the dose.

Sources – UN, SA Health

Chukukere Amarachi is an Artistic Nigerian Social Impact Advocate, Blogger, Communications & Media Enthusiast, Aspiring Social Entrepreneur and Trainer who promotes and believes in sustainable livelihoods for all. She seeks to inspires a global audience with her voice, business, community development projects and advocacy messages. Her Goal Building an enabling environment for great potentials to thrive. She can be really goofy and playful, is attracted to exotic dishes and locations and wouldn't mind owning a private jet, oh yeah! She's a strong believer and follower of Jesus Christ. For her people who cook, create, explore and travel have a spot in my heart ♥

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