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    Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding. Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways.


    The best way is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.This can be accomplished using personal protecting  while outdoors when mosquitoes are present. Treated bed nets should be used sleeping. Mosquito repellent should be used when outdoor.


    Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of getting malaria. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria. Children under 5 years are at high risk of malaria.


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A “NightWatch”

"It's 9 p.m... are you and your family safe under your mosquito nets tonight?"

Alongside a determination to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015 comes a NightWatch programme to ensure malaria is no more.

NightWatch is a communications campaign that airs nightly in malaria-endemic communities across Africa at 9 p.m., when the malarial mosquito comes out to bite.

The idea is simple - broadcast a 30-second message every night across TV, radio and SMS to remind people to sleep under their mosquito nets.

Similar to the 1980s American public service announcement that asked parents: "It's 10 p.m... do you know where your children are?" the NightWatch campaign asks families in Africa: "It's 9 p.m... are you and your family safe under your mosquito nets tonight?"

Every message features a signature sound and a recognized local celebrity, harnessing the influence of African leaders to highlight the need for consistent use of mosquito nets.

From international music icons to local sports heroes, key celebrities are joining the program, including American singers Akon and R. Kelly, African singers Youssou NDour and Lady Ponce, jazz musician Richard Bona and soccer star Alexandre Song, to name a few.

NightWatch is currently supporting the national malaria fight in Senegal and Cameroon, and will launch in Tanzania and Chad soon.

The program has demonstrated the ability to engage both local and international celebrity spokespeople , corporate sponsors like the ExxonMobil Foundation and African political leadership.

Malaria No More recently announced that it has received a generous grant of $1 million from the ExxonMobil Foundation to help the organization expand its successful malaria education and advocacy programs in Chad and Cameroon.

The award-winning NightWatch, developed by Malaria No More in collaboration with the ExxonMobil Foundation and Lalela Project, has proven a great communications campaign which augments community involvement in the fight against malaria.

Also supporting the campaign are leading cell phone companies TIGO Senegal and MTN Cameroon who have committed to “blast millions of SMS texts with malaria messaging” to their vast subscriber base.

Using TV, radio and SMS text messages NightWatch has so far reached 4.6 million Cameroonians.

In 2012, the campaign aims to recruit new iconic messengers and expand the program's reach with more interactive engagement through mobile phones and other nationally popular communications platforms.

"ExxonMobil has long been a shining example of corporate responsibility. The support that ExxonMobil is providing to life-saving programs to protect children from malaria will be a lasting legacy of their commitment to the communities in which they work," said David Bowen, CEO of Malaria No More.

"Malaria No More is committed to continuing its work with ExxonMobil and achieving our shared goal of ending deaths from malaria in Cameroon, Chad, and throughout Africa."

Malaria No More will also help ensure rapid diagnostic tests -- essential tools in the fight against malaria -- are made available to more health facilities in Cameroon by focusing on supply chain improvements and communications to health care workers.

In Chad, Malaria No More will work with community-based organizations to provide on-going education on the importance of malaria control that will help lead to the elimination of malaria deaths in the country.

"ExxonMobil Foundation is proud to partner with Malaria No More on its lifesaving work in Africa," said Suzanne McCarron, president, ExxonMobil Foundation. "NightWatch is a powerful example of an innovative program engaging national heroes to make a real difference in the fight against malaria."

Credit: Malaria No More


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