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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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Partners in the race

If business were to go on as usual, you will never find certain players on the field. However, with the clock still ticking and 2015, the year to end malaria deaths, approaching so fast, everyone is encouraged to join the race against the menace.

Many people are surprised by the fact that Norwegians are engaging in malaria!  However, the Norwegians – in particular the Red Cross – have a long tradition of wanting to assist in the fight against malaria.  

Some will recall the major malaria conference conducted in the capital, Oslo. Sentiments arising from the conference brought the local ExxonMobil to actively engage with the Red Cross through activities to support the malaria cause.

As the title sponsor of the Diamond League track and field event called the ExxonMobil Bislett Games, the oil giant organized the “Race against malaria” together with the Norwegian Red Cross.
In an interview with Eyes on Malaria, Eirik Hauge, Assistant Director of Information, ExxonMobil Norway, explained that the “Race against malaria” event, yielded good results.
“The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, who has been a great ambassador for our malaria event helped to highlight malaria and also to raise over a hundred thousand dollars to support the fight against the killer disease” he said.

The “Race against malaria” represents an excellent opportunity to increase the awareness of malaria in addition to raising funds from participating teams and from the public watching the race.

The proceeds utilized from the event through which the fastest man Usain Bolt served as a great ambassador against malaria are dedicated to the Red Cross for acquiring and distributing insecticidal bed nets.

ExxonMobil in Norway has signed a new contract with the Bislett Alliance to continue as the title sponsor of the athletic event at the Bislett Stadium in the summer of 2013.

Esso Norway, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil is also in the partnership with Red Cross selling shopping bags at retail stations to raise funds. This is dubbed “together in the fight against malaria.”

Proceeds from selling shopping bags at retail stations are dedicated to the Red Cross’ malaria work.

The collaboration also saw ExxonMobil supporting a pilot initiative in Nigeria which will allow district health managers to apply mobile phone-based technology to generate data on the coverage and use of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets, diagnostics and approved malaria treatments.

According to the Norwegian Red Cross Nigeria is making excellent progress at both Federal and State level in rolling out the Rapid Mobile Phone-based survey (RAMP) to generate statistically significant results of the coverage and use of malaria interventions.

The RAMP is an innovative, inexpensive easy to implement survey, which is using locally-purchased inexpensive cell phones to generate statistically significant data. With the RAMP the cost of conducting population based surveys has dropped by ten times and results are ready within 24 hours of completion of survey.

The time and monetary costs of data collection is substantially reduced if mobile phone- based questionnaires are used in place of the traditional paper and pencil method.

In 2011 and early 2012, the RAMP survey methodology was piloted by the IFRC, Red Cross National Societies and partners in three countries, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria. Malaria was chosen to test the innovative approach, with surveys designed to find out about net coverage following a mass distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs).

Health survey questionnaires can be created using web-based, freely-accessible mobile phone-based software. Once the software application is downloaded to compatible mobile phones via a 2G network connection.

“As a leader in the global fight against malaria which has invested over $110 million over the past decade on this effort, ExxonMobil backed the Norwegian Red Cross’ efforts to introduce life-saving tools in malaria-endemic areas.”

ExxonMobil has supported efforts to distribute life-saving bed nets, raising awareness in the communities where it operates, funding research and development of medications, training and education” said Mr Hauge.

“ExxonMobil and the Norwegian Red Cross are quite aligned in their notion of social responsibility. And the partnership is an example of the crucial collaboration demanded among institutions and stakeholders to brighten the chances of winning the war against malaria.”

Both institutions highlighted the need to work innovatively in partnerships with governments, NGOs and private companies towards the goal of reducing deaths from malaria to near zero by 2015.

After a long tradition in disaster management IFRC finds it naturally important to support the global fight against malaria because it will reduce human distress and provide a springboard to opportunity, achievement and development.

“One thing ExxonMobil and the Red Cross learned during their involvement in the fight against malaria is that this requires a broad and dedicated effort by many,” said Mr. Hauge.
We appreciate the work of different stakeholders working hard for this cause and we are happy to be among them.”

- By Carlton Cofie - Ghana

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