Today is World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day is April 25, 2012.Mortein Insecticide calls on all moms across Africa to join Mortein and lend their voices in the fight against malaria. Malaria is a dangerous disease with pregnant women and children most vulnerable.

Malaria is the number one cause of death in Nigeria, ahead of HIV/AIDS, stroke, coronary heart disease and diabetes. Children under five and pregnant women are the most susceptible to death from Malaria, accounting for 85% of all malaria deaths.

Worldwide 35 countries account for 98% of all the malaria deaths in the world. 30 are in Africa. Nigeria is the #1. Of the 54 countries in Africa, 50 are malaria prone countries, only 2 are completely free. Read more at

To watch the Video by Omawunmi  Mortein World Malaria Day Theme Song by Omawumi

According to the World Health Organization WHO, Sustaining malaria control efforts is an investment in development. Continued investment in malaria control now will propel malaria-endemic countries toward near-zero deaths by 2015 and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Malaria High Risk Facts

Some population groups are at considerably higher risk of contracting malaria and suffering from, or dying of it, than others. They include pregnant women, patients with HIV/AIDS, non-immune travelers, and in high transmission areas children under five years of age.

  • Malaria in pregnancy increases the risk of maternal anaemia, stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, low birth weight and neonatal death.
  • Infants are vulnerable to malaria from approximately 3 months of age, when immunity acquired from the mother starts to wane.
  • Children with severe malaria frequently develop one or more of the following symptoms: severe anaemia, respiratory distress in relation to metabolic acidosis, or cerebral malaria.
  • All of the important vector species, that transmit malaria bite at night, hence the importance of mosquito nets especially for children when going to bed.
  • In many places, transmission is seasonal, with the peak during and just after the rainy season.
  • Prevention of Malaria through use of Insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) are the preferred form of ITNs. WHO recommends coverage for all at-risk persons and  Indoor residual spraying (IRS) with insecticides is a powerful way to rapidly reduce malaria transmission.

WHO launches T3: Test. Treat. Track initiative –

The Global Malaria Programme’s new initiative, T3: Test. Treat. Track, urges malaria-endemic countries and donors to move towards universal access to diagnostic testing and antimalarial treatment, and to build stronger malaria surveillance systems.

Be safe, protect your Children from Malaria!! for more information visit the WHO website.

 

 

 

 

 

photos courtesy of lindaikeji, nigeriansabroadlive.com, WHO

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