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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Yvonne Chaka-Chaka


It's a problem when one gets so used to Malaria being there and people dying of Malaria that it just becomes part of the norm. When Code, Malawi's Big Brother Africa representative last year, took up the task of fighting against Malaria, I was like, "Wack bro, why don't you crusade for the most popular things like HIV/AIDS and vulnerable children etc. " It's quite possible that more die of Malaria than AIDS and not enough funds are going into malaria research.

What I know is that new drugs are coming up all the time as the parasite becomes resistant. Although I am quite suspicious of malaria drug makers, just between you and me, I think they make a killing. After all it's only in Africa that the disease is prevalent (pardon my ignorance but I have actually never heard of it elsewhere) so I think they have a field day:

"Right, let's hit them with this SP."
"Nah, we'll expire that SP next year, is it time to pull out chloroquine again?"

Ever watched "The Constant Gardner"? Who knows, I may be way out of line, just a thought.

So to Yvonne Chaka-Chaka who came to M-Dubs (Malawi) to support the cause against Malaria, thank you for all the good you are doing. I'll let you know I don't suffer from malaria in the way other people do because my blood type is different but as a Malawian, when you suffer with Malaria so do I.
Peace.

Here is the article as written by http://www.afriquenligne.fr/

SA's Yvonne Chaka Chaka in Malawi anti-malaria campaign

Blantyre, Malawi - The South African songstress, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, is in Malawi to launch an ambitious anti-malaria campaign. United Nations Children's Fund [UNICEF] Communications Officer Kusali Kubwalo told PANA Thursday Chaka Chaka - who is UNICEF's Regional Malaria Goodwill Ambassador - would launch a two-week campaign to distribute 1.1 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets to children under the age of five.The ceremony will be held in the lake-shore district of Mangochi on Friday."The campaign seeks to distribute over one million treated mosquito nets to benefit under-five children and pregnant mothers at no cost," she said.Kubwalo said government adopted the strategy to use treated nets among children and pregnant mothers as a key tool to prevent and control malaria in the country.Malaria remains a leading cause of death of children under the age of five in Malawi.At least 18 per cent of all hospital deaths and 40 per cent of out-patient visits are due to malaria.Malaria, according to UNICEF, is responsible for anaemae among children and also contributes to absenteeism in schools.Last year, there were 4 million reported cases of malaria in Malawi, with 7,000 people dying of the disease. Blantyre - 31/07/2008Pana

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