SADC Malaria Day 2016

6 November

Commemoration of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Malaria Day on 6 November every year aims to create awareness about malaria and mobilise the community to participate in the malaria control programmes.

Communities are mobilised through health education to:

  • recognise signs and symptoms of malaria
  • provide more home-based treatment
  • seek treatment when they become ill
  • use personal protective measure.

Facts about malaria

  • Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes.
  • About 3.2 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria.
  • Young children, pregnant women and non-immune travellers from malaria-free areas are particularly vulnerable to the disease when they become infected.
  • Malaria is preventable and curable, and increased efforts are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many places.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2015, the region was home to 89% of malaria cases and 91% of malaria deaths.

Source:

Health System Trust on tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in SADC countries

World Health Organisation

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