Combating malaria in Africa
Progress is being made in the fight against malaria, a preventable disease. But it is still a major challenge. The WHO states that 3.2 billion people remain at risk. In 2015, there were 214 million new cases of malaria with 438,000 malaria deaths.
The majority of cases occur in Africa. Our Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region continued to play its part in building awareness and promoting healthy
practices. Year by year, we have increased our support for United Against Malaria, by buying bracelets from the Relate Organisation. These proceeds go towards the purchase of mosquito nets. In the past four years, we have bought nearly 14,000 bracelets which helped fund 3,475 nets, protecting over 13,000 children. An extra benefit is that the bracelets are handmade in Cape Town, which offers job opportunities to the local community.
Malaria Week in Africa continues to be a major focus of our many activities, involving our staff, clinics, clients and local communities. We produced a range of educational materials including posters, pocket guides and playing cards. We held presentations and quizzes and presented education to help prevent infection.