WORLD MALARIA DAY #FIGHTTHEBITE
The World Health Organization (WHO) says about 3.4 billion people – half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable to malaria.
In 2012, 90% of all malaria deaths occurred in the WHO African Region, mostly among children under 5 years of age.According to the latest estimates, released in December 2013, there were about 207 million cases of malaria in 2012 (with an uncertainty range of 135 million to 287 million) and an estimated 627 000 deaths (with an uncertainty range of 473 000 to 789 000).
Most deaths occur among children living in Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria.
To mark the United Nations’ World Malaria Day, Starting Now Ghana will go out and add their voices to Fight the Bite.
The “battle” is scheduled to hold on the 25th and 26th of April, 2014. Starting Now Ghana’s #FightTheBite will be part of efforts to add our voices to the United Nations’ call for a Malaria-free world.
Organized by Starting Now Ghana in conjunction with Zoomlion (a cleaning and fumigation company), Keta Government Hospital, Jubilee FM (a local radio station) and the Ghana Health Service, #FightTheBite will be our way of adding our voices to the on-going global “war” against Malaria and it will be held at Keta, a small community in the Volta Region of Ghana.
Are you curious about our Battle Strategy?
Our M.O. will include a clean-up exercise at the Community Hospital in Keta, as well as the distribution of free treated mosquito nets, and a partnership with local health officials to promote awareness about this urgent health concern.
You too can be a soldier in this battle by joining forces with the battalion in Ghana! You can speak with a Starting Now Ghana Representative today and see how your efforts can help the cause.
Also, you should check out our Facebook and Twitter to tap into the #FightTheBite buzz and everything else we’re up to!