No one wants to swop places with David Beckham in his latest campaign against Malaria (seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgWBTC4O9Ew) and yet the correct measures to avoid being bitten are not being upheld.
As stated in the Sunday Times, preventing malaria “costs less than a cup of tea and yet South Africa continues to battle with a high incidence of the disease”. Whilst ending Malaria would require the participation of all across countries and continents, it is within reach. Death by Malaria should no longer be an option if repellents are used and side effects diagnosed effectively.
There are continuing outbreaks within Southern Africa, especially across provinces where temperature have increased and the rainfall has allowed for stagnant breeding grounds for the Anopheles commonly known as the mosquito. Whilst this is a fight South Africans continue to battle, having David Beckham campaign against the disease will assist in making this a priority. Currently many people surrounded by this disease do not know of the effects it has on their community and how to battle it.
It is imperative that communities are educated and made aware of frequent blood tests. By catching the disease early, one can ensure the Malaria infected victim does not affect surrounding community members. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID) said in a recent alert that “compared to previous years, a modest increase in cases in the Kruger National Park and private reserves in the area has been confirmed”.
Travelers to Southern Africa are encouraged to take the necessary steps to avoid the spread of Malaria. Insect repellents are a must to ensure you don’t continue the spread of one of the World’s worst diseases.