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Educate chlidren about malaria and it's prevention
Educate chlidren about malaria and it's prevention
Malaria prevention education
Creative malaria prevention education
Creative malaria prevention education

It's World Mosquito Day!

Date Posted: 20/08/2016

Today we celebrate the mosquito...or more accurately the discovery of malaria in mosquitoes! Read about what Partner West Africa are doing to help prevent malaria this summer.

Happy world mosquito day!

It goes against everything Partner West Africa is working towards to celebrate the mosquito, but today marks the 119th anniversary of Sir Ronald Ross' scientific breakthrough where he discovered malaria parasites inside mosquitoes, paving the way for research into eradicating this debilitating disease. Mosquitoes are at best annoying and at worst a carrier of illness, suffering and sometimes death; ask any of our past or current volunteers and they'll all tell you about the devious winged devils that fly up behind you and take a bite even through your clothing! According to the World Health Organisation around 3.2 billion people - half of the world's population - are at risk of malaria with children under 5 being most vulnerable and more likely to die from it...just the age group we work with in the VWA Nursery and Daycare Centre.

VWA's Malaria Prevention Programme is revving up ready for a concentrated community education and screening programme over the coming weeks. We've got 2 lovely volunteers currently working with us, Brooke a paediatric nurse from the US and Emma a Medical Science student from the UK, and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Diana, a microbiologist from the Netherlands who together make up the 'Malaria 3'! They're following on from the brilliant work done earlier this year which included designing educational sessions that were built into the curriculum at the nursery as well as some fun creative classes making mosquitoes out of pipe cleaners and also running educational workshops and distributing donated mosquito repellents to adults.

Around the world millions of pounds are being spent on developing an effective vaccine, while we're eagerly awaiting that day, we're also agreeing with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: nets and education are an important tool to complement the efficacy of a vaccine and are a great way of preventing malaria infection right now. Therefore, throughout the rest of August and September several screening events in partnership with the Ghana Health Service have been planned in communities local to PWA including our Nursery and Daycare Centre in Oshieye and also Agbogbloshie, one of the largest communities of shanty type dwellings in Ghana. The Malaria 3 will also be doing home visits to the families of the youngest, most vulnerable children attending the PWA daycare and nursery centre to assess their need for nets - and give out free nets if required - and engage them in educational sessions about their importance, use and long term care.

Our small team have a lot of work to do but we're excited to get started testing and treating people who have malaria and helping our nursery children, their families and other local communities to prevent bites from those pesky mozzies.

Author: Partner West Africa

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