When Nigerian farmer Emmanuel Ikyegh was given a mosquito net, he hoped it would keep his children safe from malaria. He never bargained on it keeping their bellies full too.
Armed with vital health knowledge and chemically treated mosquito nets, Fuseini Salifu is protecting his community from malaria – and saving lives.
Once, Rose Athiambo and her children lived at the mercy of malaria. But thanks to their community health volunteer, Rogers, they now sleep under a chemically treated net each night and understand how best to stop the spread of disease.
Malaria Control Agents are thought of as heroes in their communities. Across Africa, they and other volunteers give their time for free to help fight the deadly disease. And in Zambia, their distinctive blue uniforms are essential for their life-saving work.
Rogers Ochieng Otieno, a volunteer community health worker in Kenya, used to have to trek for miles to protect families from deadly malaria.
In 2002, Kelezo Nganga, from Zambia, lost her six-year-old son Denny to malaria. Now she does all she can to help her community fight the disease.
From : BBC
Researchers are to expand a clinical trial of a new malaria vaccine after promising results in a preliminary study in Burkina Faso.
In the next 10 minutes, 14 children in Africa will die from malaria. But in the same short time, a malaria control agent like Innocent could save a child’s life with a rapid diagnostic test.
Every year, 700,000 children lose their lives to malaria. And the majority of these deaths happen in Africa.
From : The Telegraph
Scientists in Tanzania are developing a new trap for malaria-spreading mosquitoes using the odour of human feet to lure them in.