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Malaria takes its toll not only in lives lost, but also in medical costs, lost income, and reduced economic output. The annual direct and indirect costs of malaria in Africa are estimated to be more than US$2 billion, according to the WHO. Once seen as a consequence of poverty, malaria is now regarded as one of its causes. Malaria definitely slows economic growth in Africa by up to 1.3 percent per year.
Poor people in rural areas are more at risk because they are least likely to have the means to prevent and treat malaria. Children tend to miss school due to malaria and they suffer physically and intellectually and often cannot contribute to their families’ income though agricultural work therefore many families spend up almost all their annual income for malaria treatment.
The carrier of the malaria disease is the female anopheline mosquito which sometimes becomes resistant to many insecticides used to control its spread. Similarly, plasmodium (the disease-causing parasite that is carried in the gut of the mosquito and transmitted through its saliva when it feeds) has become resistant to many of the drugs used to treat the disease. P. falciparum, the most severe form of malaria in humans and the cause of most cases in sub-Saharan Africa, is now resistant to chloroquine, the most commonly used anti-malarial drug, in practically all malaria-endemic countries in Africa.
The risk of malaria and malaria epidemics grows along with climate change and changes in land use associated with mining, logging, road construction, agricultural and irrigation projects. These changes often increase the breeding sites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes and consequently, promote transmission of the malaria disease.
Conflicts and civil wars also contribute to malaria’s spread by forcing people into new areas of exposure and by limiting access to malaria prevention and treatment. The movement of no immune individuals — be they refugees, laborers, or international travelers — places more people at risk and has allowed malaria to re-emerge in places where it was previously in control.
Declining health services and increasing drug resistance also contribute to the spread of malaria.
Malaria Is Preventable, Treatable and Curable
Human beings can protect themselves against malaria by wearing protective clothing, wearing mosquito repellents such as Roperfree mosquito repellent which has proven effective and user friendly with no side effects reported ever since its inception on market. Anyone can access and buy the repellents at www.fightmalaria.co.uk/roperfree and can be delivered whenever you are and in doing so you will be supporting the malaria campaigns under Roperfree and Fight Malaria in collaboration for the good cause of making this world free of malaria.
Mosquito bed nets, field trials indicate that insecticide-treated bed nets and curtains have the potential to reduce childhood mortality by 15 percent to 35 percent. Despite their proven efficacy, before fewer than 2 percent of African children sleep under protective bed nets, but now when whole world is putting on the emphases on eradicating malaria such as; GAVI organization, Bill and Melinda foundation making tremendous contribution to fund the eradication of malaria by increasing the distribution of mosquito bed nets and in Uganda under ministry Health is a lot of distribution mosquito bed nets to all Ugandans and they have established a free number for anyone who missed or need to get a mosquito bed net. The government is realizing that malaria is number one killer diseases which are detrimental to the economy.
Formation of Fight Malaria to Combat Malaria
There is newly formed organization based in the UK who have realized that malaria is a menace and they have joined hands to combat and cause awareness in doing so they are advocating for the global to intensify the fight against malaria. When you check out www.fightmalaria.co.uk you can get insight and resourceful information which very useful about malaria
The Global Actions to Fight Malaria is Focused on:
Prevention and response to epidemics.
Malaria treatment for pregnant women; and
Insecticide-treated bed nets and vector control;
Mosquito Repellents such as Roperfree Mosquito Repellents
Early diagnosis and prompt treatment;