At Fight Malaria, our goal is to find new, innovative ways to prevent malaria, including podcasts, resources and blog posts like these. We prevent malaria through knowledge-based education but there are plenty of ways to prevent malaria on a personal level in your life. Are you a resident or traveller in a malaria endemic region? Or do you want to just know more about the disease? Whatever the case may be, it’s important to be aware the following tips and tricks to help protect yourself from the disease.
Find out the risk
How many people contract malaria in your area? What time of year are you travelling? Where will you be staying? Before getting specific, determine the level of risk of contracting malaria. Be sure to check out this CDC chart make so you know which regions are at risk.
Use quality mosquito repellents
Frequently use mosquito repellent and spray it onto your clothes and all of your exposed skin.
Spray rooms with insecticide
When you enter a room, especially if you are going to sleep in it, be sure to spray the entire vicinity with quality insecticide to prevent infected mosquitoes from entering and biting you
Use mosquito nets
When sleeping in a malaria prone area, it’s essential to rest under a mosquito net(preferably treated with insecticide). It will prevent mosquitoes from going near you, greatly reducing the chances of getting bitten.
Wear long-sleeve clothing
Wear long sleeved trousers whenever you can, especially in the evening and during the night. The more you cover up, the less the chance of you being bitten!
Listen to your doctor
If you are on holiday and have been given anti-malarial drugs then make sure you follow your prescription carefully. Be aware that generally, these medications must to be continued for up to 4 weeks after you have left the area, so don’t stop taking it as soon as you’re home!
If you suspect, let your doctor inspect
So you’re no longer in the malaria-prone area, but you experience some flu-like symptoms. We strongly advise that you see a doctor as soon as possible. Although malaria typically shows its symptoms within one or two weeks-there have been cases where symptoms take months to show.
You can find out more malaria symptoms, prevention and eradication using our resources, our podcast as well as other insightful articles.
If ignored, malaria can cause significant damage to people’s life, health and communities. It is essential to educate people in order to prevent and eradicate them. Mosquito transmitted diseases such as malaria can be prevented, and through the distribution of accurate and high quality educational material, progress will be made! So, how can you help?
Well, there are plenty of ways to help just our network, yet alone the whole world! By writing insightful blogs, sharing our resources and spreading the word, you can make an impact!
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