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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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This is a special edition of Eyes on Malaria magazine dedicated to the Hang up campaign in Ghana.

The United Nations includes the fight against malaria among the eight Millennium Development Goals and sets 2015 as the target to reverse the incidence of the disease.

Experts say countries which have brought down their malaria burden will continue to reap public health benefits by sustaining malaria control programmes year after year.

Knowing full well that prevention is the best of all options, the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) of Ghana has rolled out a campaign dubbed “Hang-up.”  The message is simple - the higher the number of people using bed nets, the bigger the reduction in malaria cases.

With limited resources, the NMCP was compelled to prioritize the distribution of long lasting insecticidal nets among the poorest and the most vulnerable in the country.

The Hang-up campaign aimed to address shortcomings of previous bed net distribution exercises by NMCP and partners, which revealed that beneficiaries did not sleep in the nets because they did not know how to hang them.

With the support of partners like USAID, UNICEF and the WHO, the NMCP’s Hang- up exercise is on course to cover the whole of Ghana. It is hoped that beneficiaries would use the bed nets correctly to step up prevention efforts.

While working hard to prevent malaria, the NMCP is also trying to ensure that those who contract the disease get access to affordable, good quality therapy, thanks to the Global Fund’s Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm).

The two-year pilot project is expected to continue because it has served a great purpose and appears to justify its continuation in terms of the number of African lives that depend on it.

Today, for the first time in 50 years, people from all over the world have joined forces to make a dramatic impact in malaria control, thus charting a course to end malaria deaths.

We can end malaria deaths. With only three years to reach the target date, all hands must be on deck to continue with more determination than ever.

Editorial team
Charity Binka   - Managing Editor
Carlton Cofie   - Editor
Eunice Menka - Assistant Editor

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