Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kwanza Norte: Malaria Day, April 25th

April 25th is World Malaria Day. I spent it in Kwanza Norte with our project coordinator. There was a small health fair where the different organizations involved in the effort against malaria presented what they did. For example, a Cuban organization is involved in fumagation for vector control. The Angolan Red Cross provides social mobilization in the form of street theater, seen below. After the health fair, we went to a secondary school where one of our team members gave a presentation on malaria, causes and prevention.

Malaria is a parasite spread by the bite of the female anopheles mosquito. One of the best prevention methods is sleeping under an insecticide-treated net because this mosquito likes to bite at night and in the early morning. But many people don´t sleep under nets.

We asked the students why not. Some of the answers were: It´s hot under the net, I don´t have one, I get tangled up in the net.

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