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Malaria

Helping millions sleep easier



Thanks to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and partners, over the past five years, millions of people have received long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect them and their families from malaria.

In 2006 alone, 8.3 million bed nets were distributed in Africa during mass vaccination campaigns against other diseases. In all, National Societies and their more than 25 partners protected 22,000 more children a day from malaria in countries including Angola, Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

“Despite this spectacular achievement, malaria is still one of the most devastating global public health problems with more than 1 million deaths every year. Some 3,000 children die of malaria every day,” says Jean Roy, senior adviser at the International Federation secretariat’s health and care department. More than 80 per cent of cases occur in Africa, south of the Sahara.

The mass distributions are supported by campaigns to educate families about how to use the nets and visits by volunteers to make sure that the nets are hung properly and children sleep under them. Apart from children, pregnant women, people with HIV, refugees and other displaced people, and those living in poverty are also at risk. In 2007, another 7 million children under the age of 5 in Africa can expect to receive nets.

A man watches a convoy carrying mosquito nets arrive in Niger.
©OLAV A. SALTBONES / NORWEGIAN RED CROSS

A convoy unloads mosquito nets in Niger.
©ALAIN DAUDRUMEZ / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION


In all, more than 2 million mosquito nets to 3,800 distribution points across Niger, where they are unloaded, given to women and hung up to protect 3.5 million children.
©ALAIN DAUDRUMEZ / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION

In all, more than 2 million mosquito nets to 3,800 distribution points across Niger, where they are unloaded, given to women and hung up to protect 3.5 million children.
©ALAIN DAUDRUMEZ / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION

In Uganda, a new net brings a smile to a mother's face.
©HEINE PEDERSEN / DANISH RED CROSS

The spectre of malaria haunts millions of households, with more than 300 million acute cases and at least 1 million deaths annually.
©JOHN HASKEW / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION

The spectre of malaria haunts millions of households, with more than 300 million acute cases and at least 1 million deaths annually.
©HEINE PEDERSEN / DANISH RED CROSS

The spectre of malaria haunts millions of households, with more than 300 million acute cases and at least 1 million deaths annually.
©HEINE PEDERSEN / DANISH RED CROSS

A volunteer is among thousands of Red Cross Red Crescent helpers who bring an easier night’s sleep and a brighter future to children in Niger and Uganda.
©JOHN HASKEW / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION

The spectre of malaria haunts millions of households, with more than 300 million acute cases and at least 1 million deaths annually.
©JOHN HASKEW / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION

The spectre of malaria haunts millions of households, with more than 300 million acute cases and at least 1 million deaths annually.
©JOHN HASKEW / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION

The spectre of malaria haunts millions of households, with more than 300 million acute cases and at least 1 million deaths annually.
©HEINE PEDERSEN / DANISH RED CROSS


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