Speak Up Africa is a pan-African movement in which African leaders are taking part in order to educate Africans about malaria and what they can do in order to stop the spread of malaria. Education is one of the most important measures we have for preventing malaria, and Speak Up Africa is such an important piece of the puzzle, as it is an African movement.
Malaria is a treatable disease! However, the most important aspect of this is making sure detected as soon as possible.
Artemisinin-based combination therapy is the best method for treating malaria. However, drug-resistant strains are becoming more prevalent. This is why it is so important to implement preventative strategies, such as making sure every family has mosquito nets to sleep under every night.
Nightwatch is a campaign throughout Africa that raises to educate locals about the malaria endemic.
Nightwatch is a nightly program that broadcasts a 30 second ad at 9:00 pm every night reminding people to stay under their mosquito nets.
Currently, Nigthwatch is working in Senegal and and Cameroon and is starting to campaign for Tanzania and Chad. In order to further promote awareness of how important mosquito nets are in malaria prevention, many celebrities take part in these ads.
Internal residual spraying is a great way of preventing malaria. This is a process in which one of twelve insecticides approved by the FDA, of which DDT is one, is sprayed on the internal walls of homes. This prevents mosquitoes from entering the home and infecting the residents with malaria.
Mosquito bed nets are crucial in preventing malaria. Net Guarantee LLC is an organization with the mission of distributing long lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets throughout Africa. Insecticide-treated bed nets are approximately 2 times more protective than traditional mosquito nets, and have the added benefit of also providing at least some protection to people in the surrounding vicinity.