IN CELEBRATION OF WORLD MALARIA DAY

In celebration of World Malaria Day on April 25th, Facebook asked the below listed questions and many people across the world responded with such passion and insight:

How you can protect yourself from malaria while you’re traveling:

  1. Talk to your doctor about where you’re traveling to find out if it’s malaria-endemic, and if so, your options for protecting yourself from malaria.
  2. Your doctor may recommend you take anti-malaria medications. Commonly prescribed treatments include Mefloquine, Malarone, Doxycycline, Fansidar, and others.
  3. During the day, use mosquito repellant. At night, be sure to sleep under an anti-malaria mosquito net. (We do not sell or distribute nets to travelers but you may be able to purchase them at camping/outdoor stores.)
  4. For more information, visit the CDC website.


Is there a malaria vaccine?

  • Not yet. However, scientists around the world are working to accelerate the development of malaria vaccines and progress is being made. Until there is a vaccine, ending malaria deaths will require a comprehensive set of solutions including the distribution of mosquito nets, education in endemic countries, insecticide spraying and the availability of anti-malarial drugs.


What should Africans do when they get malaria?

  1. At the first signs of symptoms, it’s recommended to visit the nearest clinic and get tested for malaria.
  2. Doctors and social health workers will most likely test feverish patients for malaria with a rapid diagnostic test or microscope. If patients test positive for malaria, they’ll start treatment. Treatments containing an artemisinin derivative (artemisinin-combination therapies, ACTs) are now standard treatment worldwide for malaria.

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REMEMBER TO REPLACE THE NETS

Recently, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson sirleaf and Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, speaking at USAID and Peace Corps meetings, warned that  losing focus on malaria would be deadly. They urged International Aid Agencies to assist in the distribution of nets to remote villages in Africa, mostly affected by the disease. They argued, “mosquito bed-net last about three years and a failure to replace the over 300 million net blanketing Africa over the coming three years could lead to resurgent malaria illness and deaths.” They gave an example of resurgence of malaria in Zambia years ago when health workers failed to replace nets.

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NETwork Against Malaria

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SPREAD THE NET

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ERADICATE MALARIA 2007: A GMIN PROJECT

Eradicate Malaria ’07 - SIERRA LEONE from Jamie Appleseed on Vimeo.

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GM Mosquito offer malaria hope

The World Health Organization reported that nearly one million people died from malaria in 2008. So, the recent research that scientists are closer to being able to change the DNA of wild mosquitoes in order to combat malaria was a major advancement.

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Malaria-proof mosquito engineered

Professor Michael Riehle, a University of Arizona researcher and principle investigator on the project, said “they introduced a gene that affected the insect’s gut, meaning the malaria parasite cound not develop.” The scientists claimed to have been successful in genetically engineering a malaria-resistant mosquito. The most important task ahead for the team “is to introduce malaria-resistant mosquitoes into the environment.” Scientist across the globe are in high spirits for this results to be officially published.

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