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World Malaria Day 2012: We Asked Our Readers!

Our readers were asked to recommend ways in which Mosquitoes could be totally eradicated in Africa and the response was inspiring! We also found out that some European countries have mosquitoes and use nets.(Although these are not as deadly as the ones in Africa) Ways in which the community might be involved in raising awareness could be from anyone. A good example is the musical video filmed in Cameroon by a group of talented artists. As you read below, please enjoy this amazing song "Malaria No More"

Video: Malaria No More Cameroun by Petit Pays-Lady Ponce-Richard Bona-Ottou M. & Others

The theme for World Malaria Day 2012  is Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria. This pins a mark on  marks in the history of malaria control. Over the next few years, everyone is called to make a move and contribute to the eradication of Mosquitoes. We all have a role to play and should not only depend on high authorities to decide. if we look very closely, we'll find out that we suffer more from this than these pests. It would be interesting to see if the fight for malaria would be won.
Investments in malaria control have created unprecedented momentum and yielded remarkable returns in the past years.

According to  www.worldmalariaday.org,  In Africa, malaria deaths have been cut by one third within the last decade; outside of Africa, 35 out of the 53 countries, affected by malaria, have reduced cases by 50% in the same time period. In countries where access to malaria control interventions has improved most significantly, overall child mortality rates have fallen by approximately 20%.
However, these gains are fragile and will be reversed unless malaria continues to be a priority for global, regional and national decision-makers and donors. Despite the current economic climate, development aid needs to continue flowing to national malaria control programs to ensure widespread population access to life-saving and cost-effective interventions. Long-term success will also depend on investments in on-going research and development to combat emerging threats such as parasite resistance.
Sustaining malaria control efforts is an investment in development. Continued investment in malaria control now will propel malaria-endemic countries along the path to achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, especially those relating to improving child survival and maternal health, eradicating extreme poverty and expanding access to education

Video from Medical teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo respond to a spike in the number of patients  with malaria. 

Our Readers shared their views on this topic and we have selected a few to share on this day.  You can share yours on the comment box below. We'll publish a revised version in our next print.

Charles Che: Nice one,a proper use of Long Lasting Insecticide Nets will help our communities, fighting malaria and helping local community is my daily duty
April 17 at 4:42am · 
Ralph Tanash Dear Fab, this looks like a speculative request. Femmes Dynamique organised a workshop in Chelsea, London, in which academics from London School if Tropical Hygiene, NHS GPs, Cameroon Doctors UK, CamForum, Cameroon High Commission, African civil society orgs, and public from UK, Cameroon participated. If you want a more comprehensive report, please make a formal request and you will get the full range of malaria combating strategies and the way forward for Africans. We do need to reinvent the wheel, but we can share knowledge.
April 17 at 12:18pm ·

Yvette Ndahe But we don't have mosquitoes here except we have to order it from Fab and send dem to help African people. It is a very good idea.
April 17 at 7:33pm ·
April 17 at 9:26pm 
FabAfriq Magazine ‎Sede Sil and Yvette Ndahe FabAfriq is for Africans in the Diaspora and at home..Mosquitoes Nets are for those back at home. Africans in the Diaspora can only support those at home by giving them ideas on how to stop/eradicate maleria, reason why we want to publish articles about malaria in our print. So that those who read our print, can communicate to those at home or undertake projects...
April 18 at 6:08am 
Ralph Tanash Dear All, 
war has been declared against mosquitoes and malaria in Cameroon/Africa by Diaspora. Following the Cameroonian diaspo seminar two years ago, CF and FDUK are planning a larger African diaspo conference in June 2012. Please diarise and watch this space for more. The aim is to raise diaspo engagement and donors to fund volunteers training and dispatch to Africa to join the war on short stints. We need volunteers. For more write to info@Cameroon-forum.org.
April 18 at 10:00am ·
Maureen Njotsa Lermer I found out that we do need Mosquitoes Net too here.. the rate at which mosquitoes are parading here in Europe.. Germany.... it is alarming.. We got some beds with Mosquitoes Net attached to.. some may think it is some kinda deco for the room.. NO.. it is to keep those blood suckers away..!!
April 18 at 11:41am · 
Ralph Tanash Malaria awareness/education is also needed in Europe. People travelling on tourism/holidays to endemic areas get exposed to the deadly plasmodium once bitten. Upon return develop serious health issues. Several diaspora and caucasian in europe can testify to the dangers of lack of awareness. There is inadequate knowledge of the manifestations of malaria among GPs and nurses in NHS hospitals. Malaria awareness is needed in Europe, as well as eradication action is a must in Africa. All strategies - medical, lifestyle or environmental need to be measured in order to avoid creating resistant variant mosquitoes/plasmodium vectors. Every 3 minutes a child dies in Africa from malaria, a woman dies in childbirth from malaria, a company loses thousands of dollars from sick staff. The economic and health damage caused by malaria surpasses that caused by HIV/AIDS. Watch out for more about the "Down with Malaria" conference. Stop, Think, Act. NOW! A lutta continua!
April 18 at 12:14pm 
Kisuh Ngum Daniel Most definitely Mosquito nets...those blood sucking monsters will stop their breath for a couple of seconds...have a massive sip of your blood and laugh about the moon tiger all night. Well Sylvie...I have used a lot of Moon tigers...but the only way to stop them completely is by using a net.
April 18 at 2:08pm · 

More to come in our June print issue, and thanks again for those who have already sent their proposals inbox. If you'll like to add, please send a mail to editor@fabafriq.com or comment under this post!
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