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Celebrate The Malaria Day 2020: Theme, History & Significance

Most of us are quite familiar with what Malaria is but the ones who are not, should know what about it!

Malaria is a life-threatening disease. It is normally spread by the sting of the contaminated Anopheles mosquito. Infected mosquitoes bear the disease called Plasmodium. If these mosquitos attack you, the virus would be transferred into the bloodstream.

Malaria may contribute to a variety of life-threatening complications, like narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain, or cerebral malaria, accumulation of fluid in the lungs that triggers breathing difficulties, pulmonary edema in the kidneys, liver, or spleen anaemia induced by the loss of red blood cells with low blood sugar.

Were you aware that Malaria has a specific day too?
Yes, The Malaria Day it is!

what Is Malaria Day All About?

Global Malaria Day is an international observance commemorated every year on 25 April to increase consciousness of the universal initiative to monitor and ultimately eliminate malaria. World Malaria Day was celebrated for the first time in 2008.

World Malaria Day is commemorated to make citizens conscious of the worldwide threat of malaria, a curable and preventable disease, that places half the world at risk and destroys one infant every two minutes.

Supported by the RBM End Malaria Organization, World Malaria Day enlightens citizens in malaria-affected countries regarding practical steps they may take to eliminate malaria, demonstrate the importance of efforts to end malaria, and incorporates international, regional and global representatives to ensure that the end of malaria remains a focus in the global initiative.

Have You Heard of World’s Malaria Day 2020 Theme?

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, World Malaria Day 2020 will promote greater contribution in developing and maintaining adaptive health networks to safeguard and accelerate progress against emerging infectious diseases such as malaria and to be able to adapt efficiently to new outbreaks such as COVID-19.

The global theme for World Malaria Day 2020 is ‘Zero Malaria Begins With Me,’ that stresses the strength and duty of everyone, no matter where they stay, to ensure that no one suffers from a mosquito bite.

The “Zero Malaria” initiative includes all stakeholders of community, elected officials who influence government policy choices and budgets, private-sector corporations who would profit from the malaria-free workforce, and malaria-affected populations, whose purchase-in and ownership of malaria prevention initiatives is key to progress. 

We’re sure you’re still wondering about how and who came up with this day, aren’t you?

History of Malaria Day!

World Malaria Day was marked on the anniversary of Africa Malaria Day, which was first observed in 2008. It is basically the phenomenon that has been observed by African governments since 2001. They also contributed to the objective of success aimed at managing malaria and rising its prevalence in African countries.

During the 60th session of the World Health Council, a conference organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2007 suggested, that the Africa Malaria Day be turned into World Malaria Day in order to recognise the presence of malaria in countries across the world and to increase consciousness among citizens worldwide in the battle against malaria.

The World Malaria Day is also an occasion for international sponsors to support the global malaria alliance and for science and education organizations to highlight medical advancements to the public.

The day also offers a forum for foreign agencies, businesses, and organizations to highlight their projects and to focus on ways to ramp up what has succeeded.

Significance of Malaria Day

The goal of the day is to curb vector-borne disease and encouraging the worldwide administrators to work towards the propagation of awareness on disease prevention.

The global number of new cases of malaria reaches 200 million per year. The harm done goes well beyond the loss of life: malaria takes a severe toll on health services, sapping efficiency, and eroding economic development. In the end, engaging in universal health coverage is the only way to guarantee that all people have access to the resources they need to fight malaria. Person empowerment and group engagement by grassroots programs such as “Zero Malaria Begin With Me” will also play a vital role in moving change.

Now that we know the importance of this day, there is an immense need for you to know the tips for preventing Malaria!

Controlling Malaria: Basic Tips

Sleep at night in well-screened regions: Stop staying in the places where mosquitoes tend to stay, e.g. surface water (tyres, dams, dumps). When you’re sleeping in a shelter, make sure there are no gaps everywhere.
Keep the door locked at all times. These might be rather simple guidelines, but they will greatly improve the effectiveness of your malaria prevention efforts.

Avoid Short Sleeves/Sleeveless:  Carry long sleeves tops and trousers throughout the evening and throughout the summer. The less visible the blood, the healthier. In addition, you should treat your clothes with Permethrin in order to increase your defence.

Using Sunscreen and Repellent: When you use sunscreen and a repellent at the same time, the sunscreen should be added first and the mosquito repellent should be added second. At least 30 to 50 SPF sunscreens are suggested.

Get on the cautious side: If you have some flu-like symptoms please inform your doctor about a trip you may have taken recently and the places you have been to. While malaria infection normally triggers signs within 1 to 2 weeks, it can take a long time (up to a year) for the disease to break out.

Stay Safe, Live Longer!