World Malaria Day – 25th April, 2010
World Malaria Day is celebrated every year on 25th of April to raise awareness about Malaria, which is responsible for the death of a child after every 30 seconds. This year’s theme for World Malaria Day is ‘Counting Malaria Out’.
What is Malaria?
Malaria is a disease caused by the bite of a mosquito infected with microorganism, Plasmodium.
Facts & Figures
- About 3.3 billion people - half of the world's population - are at risk of malaria.
- It infects more than 500 million people per year and kills more than 1 million.
- People living in the developing countries are the most vulnerable.
- Malaria is especially a serious problem in Africa, where one in every five (20%) childhood deaths is due to the effects of the disease.
What are the Symptoms?
- Fever with chills
- Loss of Appetite
- Pain in Limbs & Back
How it is Diagnosed & Treated?
Your local doctor is the best to diagnose & treat you. The main thing is to take the medications exactly as prescribed and not to miss a single dose.
How it is Prevented?
Malaria is a preventable disease & the secret lies in promoting cleanliness.
- Keep your area free of stagnant water. Either fill up the watery holes or sprinkle used Mobil oil on them.
- Keep your homes mosquito free by netting the windows & regular fumigation.
- Use insecticide treated bed nets in case of sleeping in open air.
- Do not throw garbage near your residence. It should be properly disposed.