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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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By Caroline Somanje, Malawi Chapter member

“Time for singing and having fun is over for me. My duty now is to sensitize people. Proof of my commitment is that I do this without getting a cent. I am doing this with my whole heart and I think it is what God wants me to do.” Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a South African singer said in Malawi at the launch of a programme to distribute over one  million  treated  mosquito  nets  and    to  sensitize people on the importance of using the nets.
Yvonne  became UNICEF's goodwill ambassador for East and Southern Africa in March, 2005 after one of her band members died from malaria after performing in Gabon. She  made  up  her  mind  to  fight  the  disease  and  has travelled across the globe on the mission.

She says the campaign needs everybody's support to win the malaria battle and expressed disappointment that more  children  and  women  continued  to  die  from m a l a r i a ,   a   d e v e l o p m e n t   s h e   d e s c r i b e d   a s   “unacceptable “

 “I understand that Malawi is one of the few countries in Africa that are on course to achieve the MDGs or reducing child deaths. This is commendable because it  takes  political  will  to  make  the  required  financial and  human  resource  investments  in  children,”  she said at the press conference in the commercial city of Blantyre,  which  was  jointly  addressed  by  Malawi's Health Minister, Khumbo Kachali.

The Health Minister noted that his country leads the Southern  Africa  Development  Community  (SADC) region in Malaria related deaths with 7,000 reported cases  in  2007.    Mr.  Kachali  said  about  four  million cases of malaria were reported from health  centres countrywide the same year, meaning malaria was the leading cause of morbidity and mortality.

“Malaria is a disease that can be prevented and cured. If  we  combine  our  efforts,  we  expect  to  see  a reduction  in  morbidity  and  mortality  from  malaria. This joint effort in fighting malaria is in line with this year's World Malaria Day,” he said.

The minister announced   plans the distribute mosquito nets to significantly increase the  mosquito net coverage in children under the age of five and expectant women.

He said the distribution of the nets combined with the introduction  of  the  new   anti-malaria  drug,  will  lead  to the  reduction  in  malaria  deaths  and  morbidity  due  to

The  nets,  costing  K77  million,  were  bought  with  funds from Malaria Global Fund and President George Bush's Malaria Initiative. The official launch of the distribution  exercise was at Namiasi school in the remote district of Mangochi.

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