Joining in with Malaria day is an important cause that can have a life-changing impact. Consider these ways to get involved with helping to eradicate malaria:
Host a World Malaria Day Event
The best way to help fight against this disease and celebrate World Malaria Day would be to get together with friends and family and be part of the change. Part of investing in the future of defeating Malaria, and regrouping to fight other infections, means that people first need to be educated. Many people all over the world, especially in places that malaria has not affected as directly, are not well-informed about the needs related to this day.
Hosting a World Malaria Day event may include increasing awareness of the need, providing practical ways for people to help and allowing freedom for conversation surrounding solutions. Toolkits for engaging the conversation around World Malaria Day can be found through the End Malaria campaign.
Raise Money to Support World Malaria Day
Host a bake sale, car wash, online event or some other organized activity that can raise some finances within the local community. This will not only help make people become more aware about the problems of malaria and also raise funds to support the fight against it.
Try involving community groups such as schools, scout troops, youth groups, health organizations or others who might be interested in increasing the resources needed to deal with this difficult disease. Those who want to donate to help people buy protective nets can find information at the Against Malaria Foundation.
Learn Important Facts About Malaria
Getting to know the truth is vital for support, education in the fight against malaria. Learn these facts about malaria and share them with a friend or family member–not only on World Malaria Day but all throughout the year:
- Malaria is a worldwide problem. In recent years, malaria has been reported in at least 87 countries and territories in the world.
- Millions of lives have been saved from this disease in the past two decades, since an effort has been made to raise awareness and provide support.
- Malaria mostly affects poor people who do not have the resources they need to protect themselves and prevent the disease.
- The best way to prevent malaria is using treated mosquito nets and indoor insecticide sprays.
Other resources and information about malaria and World Malaria Day can be found at the End Malaria website. or through the World Malaria Day website.
Join in an Online World Malaria Day Event
For those who can’t host an event in person, it might be possible to jump on board with World Malaria Day Events that are being held online. Try joining in to listen to a lecture, or getting resources that can be used to raise awareness through blogs, social media or educational websites.
Stay Safe From Mosquitoes
Even those who don’t live in places where malaria is rampant can benefit from keeping themselves safe from mosquitos during certain seasons. Mosquitoes can not only carry malaria but many other diseases including West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, and Dengue.
Protection from disease-carrying mosquitoes is mostly about simply keeping them away from the body. This might mean wearing long sleeves and long pants when outside at dusk (or anytime it is dark), and choosing light-colored clothes when possible, as they are not as attractive to mosquitoes as dark colors are.
Use these measures to help prevent mosquitoes from biting:
- Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET (just be careful not to inhale it when spraying), especially when outside and at night. Those who live in at-risk areas should also sleep with a treated mosquito net.
- Use a fan. Mosquitoes don’t prefer to fight against the wind, so any fan that produces a breeze of more than one mile per hour may just blow them away. Also, people who are cool and comfortable may be less likely to be noticeable and interesting to these pests.
- Stay inside at dusk and dawn. Since this is when mosquitoes seem to want to munch the most, just avoid going outside during these peak times, when possible.