The world’s health systems have never been more challenged than now due to COVID-19.
Although the world’s attention is fixated on the current pandemic, people – including you – are still at risk of other health problems. One of those health risks is malaria infection.
This World Malaria Day, know that zero malaria starts with you. Here’s what you can do:
1. Stay informed
You can remain protected from this disease by knowing what malaria is and how to prevent it.
According to the World Health Organization, malaria is a life-threatening mosquito-borne disease. It is caused by parasites transmitted by infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.
Although preventable and curable, the Outreach Network for Gene Drive Research reports that malaria kills 400,000 people per year, and 228 million cases were registered worldwide in 2018.
Keep your loved ones safe by practicing ways of malaria prevention, especially avoiding mosquito bites. Also, helping spread the word about its prevention is a lifesaving act.
2. Protect health workers
Research published in The Lancet Journals tells that during the outbreak of another disease in Africa, deaths from other causes like malaria rose because of overwhelmed health services and deaths of healthcare workers.
That is why in any season, supporting health workers is important.
Good thing, you can help maintain their health and welfare by partnering with CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm – the Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines. Operation Blessing goes out to hospitals and gives Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), preventive care kits, and vitamins to the brave health workers amid COVID-19.
Be a lifesaver now by supporting health workers through Operation Blessing!
3. Pray for protection
Just like how you pray to God to spare you and your loved ones from COVID-19, you can also ask Him to keep you from malaria, and any kind of disease.
Pray that His steadfast love, mercy, and protection be upon you and the people who are at higher risk of developing the disease. Remember, God is your refuge and He can deliver you from any danger, as what 2 Corinthians 1:10 says,
World Malaria Day is a good reminder that everyone has a role to play in the control and prevention of deadly diseases. You can protect yourself, your family, and your community from this health risk as you stay informed, protect the health workers, and pray for protection!
Do you need someone to pray for you? Send in your prayer requests to the CBN Asia Facebook page today!