Malaria awareness part of Run For the Lakes fundraising effort
Malaria awareness part of Run for the Lakes
In 2007, the World Health Assembly set April 25 as World Malaria Day, reported Brainerd resident Gabe Johnson.
Last year, there were about 200 million cases of malaria and more than 500,000 deaths in the world, Johnson said. Due to a multi-faceted approach from the global community mortality rates have fallen by nearly a quarter since the year 2000 and a number of nations have effectively eradicated the disease.
One highly successful preventative program has been the Nothing But Nets campaign, Johnson said. This campaign provides long-lasting insecticidal nets to at-risk persons, mainly in Africa, and trains them on the proper usage. The nets are placed over people’s beds so they can sleep at night without being infected with malaria by a mosquito. The nets are purchased and distributed for $10 per net. The United Nations Foundation, in part to Ted Turner’s generous contributions, covers the overhead.
The Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes events in Nisswa this weekend are raising funds and awareness for the fight against malaria.