A malaria-free world in 2030

A malaria-free world in 2030

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Een malariavrije wereld in 2030

In 2020 stond het nieuws grotendeels in het teken van het COVID-19 virus. Voor malaria is echter nog steeds weinig aandacht, terwijl de sterftecijfers flink oplopen. De mug is het dodelijkste dier op aarde en daarmee is preventie tegen de malariamug en tegen malaria van groot belang!

Stijging van het aantal dodelijke malariaslachtoffers

Malaria veroorzaakt jaarlijks meer dan 228 miljoen slachtoffers, waaronder een stijgend aantal dodelijke slachtoffers. Was het sterftecijfer de laatste jaren gezakt tot circa 405.000, door het coronavirus is dit cijfer weer opgelopen tot potentieel een miljoen*. Dit zijn voornamelijk kinderen onder de 5 jaar.

* Bron: World Health Organization

De invloed van COVID-19 op (de bestrijding van) malaria

Het COVID-19 virus heeft ook effect op malaria en de bestrijding ervan. Zo leven mensen meer binnen, ook in gebieden met een hoog malariarisico zoals in Afrika. De malariamug, die actief is tussen zonsondergang en zonsopkomst, heeft een voorkeur voor donkere ruimtes en komt binnenshuis nu meer potentiële slachtoffers tegen.

Furthermore, the fight against malaria is affected by corona. Due to the strict measures, group gatherings are prohibited. This means that outreaches in which mosquito nets are distributed and information about malaria prevention is shared are hardly possible or not possible at all.
At the beginning of December 2020, Chief Mosquito Officer Arnoud Aalbersberg of Care Plus® discussed the effects of corona on malaria in Uganda with Ashaba Faridah of Bambino Life Foundation.

Het Care Plus® Buy One Give One programma

Care Plus® streeft naar een malariavrije wereld. Dit doen we onder andere via ons Buy One, Give One programma, waarbij 1% van de omzet gebruikt wordt om de wereld malariavrij te maken in 2030. Care Plus® is een bedrijf is dat sterk afhankelijk is van reizigers. Wereldwijd gingen grenzen op slot en bleven vliegtuigen aan de grond. Mensen waren genoodzaakt om thuis te blijven en vakantieplannen uit te stellen. Mede daardoor was de omzet afgelopen jaar lager. Hiermee was er dus ook minder te besteden binnen het Buy One, Give One programma.

A malaria-free world in 2030

Ruim 13.000 mensen beschermd tegen malaria

Ondanks de beperkte mogelijkheden voor outreaches is het gelukt om 3300 bedrukte klamboes uit te delen in 2020. Hiermee zijn meer dan 13.000 mensen beschermd tegen malaria.

Samenwerking met partners in de strijd tegen malaria

Dit mooie resultaat heeft Care Plus® samen bereikt met haar partners. Zo werken we samen met Bambino Life Foundation, the Coffee Quest en Twiga Ventures. Aan dit mooie rijtje zijn afgelopen jaar ook samenwerkingen met Rotary Stop Malaria Club Midden Betuwe-Valburg en Drive Against Malaria toe te voegen.

De strijd gaat door

Uiteraard gaan Care Plus® en haar partners ook in 2021 verder met de strijd voor een malariavrije wereld. Dit doen we niet alleen op Wereld Malaria dag op 25 april, maar het hele jaar door! Lees hier meer over onze strijd.

The impact of COVID-19 on the fight against malaria

The impact of COVID-19 on the fight against malaria

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The impact of COVID-19 on the fight against malaria

At the start of December 2020, a digital interview between Arnoud Aalbersberg (Care Plus®) and Ashaba Faridah (Bambino Life Foundation) took place to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on malaria in Uganda.

Bambino Life Foundation

Ashaba Faridah is a Ugandan pilot who wants to make a difference in her community, so she founded Bambino Life Foundation. The Bambino Life Foundation promotes girl child education and empowerment and children welfare. The common goal of both the Bambino Life Foundation and Care Plus® is to protect people from malaria by education on malaria and malaria prevention. Bambino Life Foundation educates children on malaria and reaches out printed mosquito nets in rural areas provided by Care Plus®. COVID-19 has an impact on the goal to eradicate malaria and on the activities that the Bambino Life Foundation does.

strijd tegen malaria met het buy one give one programma van Care Plus

COVID-19 in Uganda

Uganda got ahead of COVID-19 before there were any cases. The president put the country under lockdown and closed the borders which resulted in a number of COVID-19 deaths below 40 in Uganda, but the strict lockdown measures affected the outreaches as well.

Double effect of COVID-19 on malaria; no outreaches and increased risk of malaria

Normally large groups of 500-600 girls gather together for an outreach, but the Ugandan government put a stop on large groups. Bambino Life Foundation was able to do only one small outreach since the start of the pandemic. To make outreaches possible again in the rural areas of Uganda, hand sanitizers and reusable face masks are needed.

Moreover, the risk of malaria increased as people stay inside their houses and mosquitoes prefer dark places like in houses. So, there’s a double negative COVID-19 effect on malaria.

Recent WHO insights on malaria

In the last 15 years malaria infections and deaths decreased by 50% to around 420.000, but the World Health Organization* (WHO) reported that the numbers are increasing again and are close to potentially 1 million malaria deaths again, so we’re basically back at the start.

* Source: World Health Organization

Malaria is deadlier than the COVID-19 pandemic

Malaria is a deathlier pandemic than COVID-19. Every minute, someone dies from malaria. Most people, especially in rural areas, cannot afford proper medical help once they have malaria. Although malaria makes more victims than COVID-19, the latter gets way more attention than malaria. Probably because malaria currently is not a global problem whereas COVID-19 is.

Uganda’s fight against malaria

The Ugandan government is doing its best in the continuous fight against malaria. In the past, they have distributed mosquito nets as well, but those mosquito nets are no longer up in the houses because of the low quality of the nets. Often, they are used as fishing nets. The government can’t do the fight on its own, initiatives like the cooperation between Care Plus® and Bambino Life Foundation help in the fight. Especially since the provided nets are printed which make them super wanted by the local communities for their decoration.

Buy One, Give One program

Every buyer of Care Plus® product helps in the fight against malaria. The Buy One, Give One program makes sure that 1 percent of the turnover is used to make the world malaria free by 2030, for example by sponsoring printed nets to the Bambino Life Foundation in Uganda.