We work together with communities and local government to prevent and treat malaria. Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted via the bites of infected female mosquitoes. In the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver and then infect red blood cells.
Malaria prevention is an integral part of all our Mother and Child Health programs.
WHAT WE DO
We provide a mix of practical support, education and health promotion that aims to significantly reduce the prevalence and incidence of malaria.
Symptoms of malaria include fever, headache and vomiting, and usually appear between 10 to 15 days after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can quickly become life-threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs. Children under five years of age and pregnant women are most severely affected by malaria as their immune system is less able to fight Plasmodium infection.
We distribute long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malarial mosquitoes spreading the disease. These nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when transmissions occur, and can cover two people per net.
Identifying hotspots through mass blood surveys and improving a community’s access to health services leads to accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment for malaria.
An important part of preventing malaria-related deaths is improving people’s understanding of the disease. This includes how to use nets properly to avoid being bitten, awareness of the symptoms, and how to get treatment.