Every two minutes, a child in Africa dies from malaria, making it one of the deadliest diseases on the continent.
Around 90% of the 453,000 people who die each year from malaria are in Africa.
Malaria is also responsible for half of all preventable absences in African schools –that’s around 10 million days of missed schooling every year!
Malaria has a high fatality rate in rural areas, especially in impoverished countries. World Malaria Day brings the global fight against malaria to public attention.
It honors the progress that we have made in preventing, treating, and educating people about this disease.
They say prevention should come before protection. Teach children the following healthy habits to prevent malaria from affecting them in the first place:
Keep Windows and Doors Closed
Teach kids to make sure the windows and doors in their home or school are closed at all times.
They should do this every evening to keep mosquitoes out of the bedroom and dark nooks and crannies.
But if they want to enjoy the breeze while keeping mosquitos at bay, they can always get a mosquito net.
Another thing that helps is having a fan nearby in case they decide to leave your windows open all day.
Mosquitoes are not the strongest fliers, so they will have a hard time getting around when there’s a strong burst of wind in the room.
Save Clean Water
Clean water is a basic human right that many children are tragically deprived of. Plus, mosquitoes thrive in areas with a lot of stagnant water.
So, it is important to make sure kids have access to uncontaminated water. They should also be taught to clear out buckets and other containers that may be collecting water.
Wear Clean Clothes with Full Sleeves
This might not be the most practical advice to follow on a hot day, but exposed arms are where the mosquitos come to play.
So, making sure children have clean clothes to wear is critical to preventing mosquito bites and malaria.
Go the extra length and find clothes with full sleeves or have the sleeves tailored on.
Load Up on the Mosquito Repellent!
Finally, this is the most straightforward solution but using mosquito repellent is a must.
When applied to the skin, mosquito repellents evaporate quickly and cause mosquitos to lose their sense of smell. This makes it impossible for them to find a target.
How You Can Make a Positive Impact on World Malaria Day
Become a part of the global effort to eradicate malaria in rural and remote regions this World Malaria Day.
Mosquito nets are the most cost-effective method of preventing children from catching the disease, yet not many children have access to them.
Donate clothes, a mosquito net, mosquito repellent, and clean drinking water to an orphanage funding organization.
At Orphan Life Foundation, we have several projects and programs you can support, like the Clean Water for Children project and the Clothes for Orphans program. Contact us to find out more about our work and how you can help.