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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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A UNITED FRONT TO COMBAT MALARIA

As the world assessed progress made against malaria and the hurdles  that remain to be cleared, a prominent stakeholder inspired malaria combatants that the mission is possible. Dr. Ana Margarida  Setas-Ferreira, Regional Advisor for Community and Public Health at  the ExxonMobil Corporation, pointed  out  the  anti-malaria  ABCDs  –  Awareness,  Bite  prevention, Chemoprophylaxis and Diagnosis and early effective treatment– are crucial for the effective control of the disease.

Growing up in Angola, I witnessed the cruel and devastating impact  of malaria, as well as experienced this horrific disease first-hand.

Later, as a mother, I was grateful to have access to preventive therapies while pregnant so that I could protect myself and my two sons  could  be born healthy. Now, as a physician, I am committed to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community from this disease.

Thankfully, over the past decade, renewed investments and  partnerships have driven remarkable progress against malaria. Since 2000, more than 3.3 million  lives  have  been  saved  and  global  malaria  mortality  rates  have decreased by 45 percent. And right here in Africa, the number is closer to 50 percent, with eight countries that are on track to meet the WHO 2015 goal of reducing their malaria case incidence rates by 75 percent.

Despite this progress, malaria continues to kill more than 627,000 people each year, the majority of whom are children under the age of five. The disease also has broad repercussions for health and economic development, harming  pregnant  women  and  their  infants,  preventing  children  from attending  and  participating  in  school,  and  limiting  adults'  economic potential and ability to invest in their families.

On World Malaria Day, partners who have joined the fight against  malaria  took  stock  of progress made and reflected on the many challenges and opportunities  that  lie  ahead. While we should  celebrate the gains we have made, we cannot become complacent. Our success  is  as  fragile  as  it  is remarkable  and  it  must  be sustained.

To  continue  progress  against malaria, the global  community must now, more than  ever, reaffirm  its  commitment  to ensuring that the tools to combat this disease reach each person in need.

Unfortunately, there is no “silver bullet” capable of eradicating  malaria  singlehandedly. We' ve  seen again and again that combating  this  disease  requires  a comprehensive  approach that tackles the disease  from different angles and with different approaches.

We must deploy bed nets and  other prevention  tools,  diagnostic  tests, effective  treatments and educational campaigns to combat malaria on  the ground,  while  looking  for  long  term solutions  like  improved  drugs  and vaccines.

Implementing an effort of this  grand scale requires on-going  collaboration and cooperation  across the board to effectively  leverage the expertise and resources of each partner. Perhaps one of the greatest opportunities we  have is to fully engage the private sector.

As  a  physician  for  ExxonMobil  in Angola,  I  have  been  inspired  by  the integrated  approach  the  company takes to address malaria. Having seen the way malaria impacts workers, their families  and  communities  in  sub-Saharan  Africa,  ExxonMobil  introduced  a  workforce  malaria  program and  support  for  community  malaria control efforts more than a decade ago. Our focus on the four ABCDs – Awareness, Bite prevention, Chemo-prophylaxis and Diagnosis and  early effective  treatment–  has  been  para- mount  to  the  effective  control  of malaria in ExxonMobil workplaces, the execution  of  our  community  outreach programs,  and  our  on-going  support for malaria research and development.

In the past decade, this approach  has helped  avert an estimated 1,800 malaria  cases  among  non-immune workers and, since 2007, no ExxonMobil  workers have died from malaria.  Similarly,  our  partnerships with leading malaria organizations are encouraging  innovative  and  effective programs that address malaria from all sides.

For example, in Chad and  Cameroon, ExxonMobil supports a national multimedia malaria prevention campaign  through  Malaria  No  More and trains health  workers to provide malaria  prevention and treatment services  particularly  for  pregnant women—with Jhpiego.

ExxonMobil is not alone in our commitment to fight malaria. We  are part  of  a  larger  effort  of  businesses partnering  with  the  public sector  to drive a comprehensive response to the parasite.

In sub-Saharan Africa, this  joint support has made a powerful  impact, and it is emblematic of how  corporations can be agents of change across a spectrum of control efforts. ExxonMobil's partnerships alone have helped distribute more than 13 million bed  nets, provide close to 2 million malaria  treatment  doses,  and  train 355,000 health workers. When combined with other companies' initiatives, these efforts  translate into expanded  impact  where  it  is  most needed.

As a community, we can build on these successes.  Going  forward,  the  global malaria community must remain steadfast in its commitment to leverage the resources of  its partners and  foster  greater  collaboration  to expand  the  reach  of  these  interventions.  Together,  we  can  reduce  the burden of  malaria – and build a more prosperous and healthy future  across the continent.
 

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