Malaria 101

Around 3.2 billion people globally are affected by malaria. It is malaria season in South Africa. Although South Africa is a low- to medium-risk malaria-endemic country, 10% of the population still lives with malaria. Many people will be heading to more high-risk malaria areas for the upcoming December holidays. Malaria 101 is a series of articles aimed at educating and empowering people with essential knowledge about malaria, covering the symptoms, A,B,C,Ds of malaria prevention, effective treatment, and looking at the role of research to end malaria. 
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Malaria awareness should be an ongoing process. A tool to educate and empower people to take their health into their own hands and help us reach malaria elimination. With the holiday season approaching, many people will be traveling to high-risk malaria areas. To know how to stay safe from getting malaria, one needs to know and understand the basics of the disease first.

  14 November 2023

Malaria has plagued humanity for centuries causing suffering and death in many parts of the world. Malaria elimination is a long-term battle, with amazing progress over the years but constant new challenges preventing us from reaching THAT goal. Research creates a better understanding of the disease, which allows for progress towards malaria elimination. But how are we fairing?

  17 November 2023

Malaria is a formidable foe, but early recognition of its symptoms can be a game-changer. Learn to spot the common malaria symptoms like fever, chills, sweating, fatigue, and muscle aches. Early recognition is key! Discover the crucial differences between mild or uncomplicated, and severe cases. Timely action can save lives! Stay informed, share this knowledge, and together we can win the battle against malaria.

  21 November 2023

Malaria remains a global health threat, but we have the power to fight back! Prevention is our strongest weapon against malaria. What are the preventative measures one can follow to protect oneself against this deadly disease? In the fight against malaria, knowledge is power. Read this article, share it with others, and play a part in the ongoing battle to end malaria for good.

  24 November 2023

When traveling to a malaria-endemic area, for business or pleasure, it is recommended to take antimalarial prophylaxis. Taking prophylaxis does not guarantee absolute protection, but it does reduce the risk of severe malaria. The initial stages of the disease may be less severe, and symptoms may be slower to appear. Ultimately, antimalarials give a person enough time to seek medical help.

  28 November 2023
#6 Malaria doesn't wait, and neither should you. The disease can progress rapidly and lead to severe complications, so early diagnosis and treatment are essential. It is also important for a healthcare professional to diagnose and treat patients because there are varying factors that determine the treatment regimen to be followed. Stay informed, share this information, and help save lives. Together, we can make a difference.   1 December 2023
#7 Malaria elimination relies on rigorous research and understanding of the complexity and evolving nature of the disease to inform the development and implementation of effective and targeted interventions. Research is also important to dispel any myths and misconceptions about malaria, which impact sustainable control and elimination. Share factual information and make a difference.   5 December 2023

Malaria, a serious and potentially fatal disease, is both preventable and treatable. Understanding its causes, symptoms, and the urgency of seeking treatment is crucial for saving lives. This final installment of the Malaria 101 article series reiterates key take-aways, including symptoms, prevention strategies (A,B,C,Ds), effective treatment, and the role of research in the ongoing efforts to eliminate malaria. Share far and wide. Help to save lives.

  8 December 2023



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