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TIPS ON MALARIA

  • HOW CAN MOSQUITOES BE CONTROLLED?

    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.

  • HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM MOSQUITO-BORN DISEASES?

    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.

  • WHO ARE AT RISK?


    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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LINKING UP PARTNERS

The expensive nature of malaria is evident  in  the  US$ 5.1  billion required  each year to  achieve universal access to prevention and control measures. The amount is so high, that in spite of the global drive to conquer the disease, not enough money is raised for the campaign.

This  becomes worrying  when  viewed against the fact that it is a major stumbling block in the quest to attain zero malaria deaths  at  the  targeted  date  of 2015.  Even  worse, it  threatens  the progress made so far in the fight against malaria where an estimated 25 percent of the  disease has been  reduced  globally over the last decade.

But partners in the malaria struggle have been reminded that the only way forward is to invest more money into malaria with a view to defeating the disease.

And  now  a  key player,  ExxonMobil Foundation,  which  has  invested  more than  100  million  dollars already into malaria prevention, treatment and research, has gone the extra mile to help ensure that we can continue to progress towards ending malaria deaths.

ExxonMobil said in a statement on World Malaria Day that it has issued new grants worth $10 million to support partnerships with nearly 20  organizations  fighting malaria. Through  partnerships, ExxonMobil said it has helped distribute more than 13 million bed nets, administer 2  million malaria treatments  and  train 355,000 health workers.

This partnership was again evident in the way it participated in events across Africa and the  $10  million  in  new grants to support  lifesaving  programmes across Africa and in the Pacific Rim, where the disease is a major threat  to  health and economic development.

The  grants from ExxonMobil and  the ExxonMobil Foundation will  support  a wide range of research, advocacy, treatment  and  prevention programs to accelerate  progress in the  fight against malaria, which  still claims  more  than 627,000 lives each year, mostly children under the age of five.

“In  addition to  funding,  ExxonMobil provides business expertise and insights to  help  strengthen these initiatives. ExxonMobil  has  been  committed  to fighting malaria for more than a decade, and has provided more than $120 million to programs that are helping more than 105 million people. The new grants build on the company's support for innovative programs to control and one day eliminate deaths  from this preventable and treatable  disease,” the  statement  said.

ExxonMobil participated in events across Africa–including the launch of Malaria No More's  award-winning NightWatch campaign in Nigeria, La Coalition  de la Communauté des Affaires Contre le Sida, la Tuberculoseet le  Paludisme's Malaria March in  Cameroon and CORE Group's Malaria Day play in Angola.

Through events such as these, combined with advocacy and  education  efforts, ExxonMobil  aims to increase awareness and progress in the fight against malaria in the communities in which it works.

The president of ExxonMobil Foundation, Suzanne McCarron, said in the statement  that  it was  necessary for her outfit  to support  malaria  control  because  the disease affected its employees.

“We have seen firsthand how the lives of Exxon Mobil workers, families and communities  are  directly  harmed  by malaria – and improved by the efforts of our partners on the front line fighting this disease. Together,  we are  investing  in sustainable solutions to help people live a healthy  life  without  the  burden  of malaria,” said McCarron.

Commitment from the global community in the past decade has led to a 45 percent "ExxonMobil aims to increase awareness" and progress in the fight against malaria in the communities in which it works.

Norwegian Red Cross to conduct a low-cost mobile phone malaria survey on use of bed  nets,  diagnostics and  approved malaria treatments in endemic communities in West Africa.

The Foundation supported  the  Harvard Malaria  Initiative  to  fund  Dr. Regina Rabinovich  as the  ExxonMobil  Malaria Scholar-in-Residence at the  Harvard School of Public  Health, where  she  is advancing innovative strategies  to combat  malaria.  ExxonMobil  is  also supporting a  leadership  development course for emerging malaria leaders from developing countries.

The role of Dr Rabinovich is crucial at this stage  of the  anti-malaria  struggle as global focus is shifting  from control to elimination and eradication. She has been a global health executive for decades with experience in research, public health, and philanthropic sectors  working  on the introduction and scaling-up of tools and strategies that  have  had an impact on endemic populations.

As a medical doctor with years of involvement in infectious diseases control, and leading NGOs like PATH/MVI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
 
Dr Rabinovich is helping to synchronise the  increasingly  complex global health agenda to  engage more players in the quest  to  get  rid of malaria and other diseases.

PATH Malaria  Vaccine  Initiative  (MVI) also received a grant from  ExxonMobil Foundation to educate and train African health  officials  and opinion leaders to advocate  for effective implementation policies in advance of the potential 2015 introduction of the  first  vaccine to protect against the disease.

To protect themselves and their communities from malaria, ExxonMobil supported Grassroot  Soccer in Nigeria, Equatorial  Guinea  and Tanzania  to employ the convening power of soccer to educate  and mobilize youth in fighting malaria.

The  organization,  a  leading  private-sector investor in malaria, provided the financial backing for Cameroon's Business  Coalition against Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS to strengthen co-ordination  between the  private- sector  response to  malaria and other serious diseases. CCAM is the Cameroo- nian affiliate of the Malaria Consortium, based  in  London. It is an advocacy association that fights for the control and prevention of malaria in  Cameroon in collaboration with the National Malaria
Control Programme.

ExxonMobil's other  2014 malaria  grant recipients include Accordia Global Health Foundation,  Africare, Global Health Corps, Jhpiego, UN Foundation– Nothing But Nets, Medicines for Malaria Venture, USAID–President's  Malaria Initiative, Oxford  University, Population Services International and Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Pova para Povo.

The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership has commended Exxon Mobil for engaging  other  sectors  in  the  fight against malaria.

"The private sector has a crucial role to play in defeating malaria and alleviating poverty,” said  Dr.  Fatoumata  Nafo- Traoré, RBM Executive Director.

“The engagement of ExxonMobil shows how public-private partnerships provide the resources, knowledge and expertise that  drive  progress in the  global fight against malaria, which  in turn  drives development.”

“ExxonMobil's  grants will help  drive a comprehensive response to the disease that  generates  deeper  impact  in local communities and around the world.”
 

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