Posts Tagged ‘malaria’

Malaria – The Facts and Figures in Brief

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

In today’s post I will just skim over some quick facts about malaria and it’s impact on the world today. Most of this information has been sourced from The Roll Back Malaria website  http://www.rollbackmalaria.org/keyfacts.html .

Facts:

  • 247 million cases of malaria/year
  • 212 Million/year in Africa, 21 million/year in Asia, 8.1 Million/year in The Middle East, 2.7 Million cases/year in the Americas
  • 881,000/year world wide die from Malaria of which 801 000 of those are in Africa. 38 000 in The Middle east, 36 000 in Asia and 3000 in The America’s
  • 3.3 Billion People are at risk of malaria (half of the World population)
  • Nigeria ranks #1 in malaria cases with over 57 million cases per year. There are over 23 million cases in The Democratic Republic of The Congo, Ethiopia has 12 million cases and Tanzania and Kenya with over 11 million cases per year.
  • 85% of children that contract malaria under 5 die from the virus
  • 40% of health spending in Sub Saharan Africa Countries goes toward fighting malaria, this has a huge impact on the economies of Africa
  • 12 billion dollars lost in annual GDP (1.3% of total)

Are we making progress in the “fight against malaria”?

The good news yes we are making progress as you can see below:

  • Up till a few years ago between 1 and 2 million people died each year from malaria. That figure is now 881 Thousand.
  • 22 Countries outside of Africa have reported 50% drop in Malaria cases.
  • Eritrea and Rwanda report a 50% drop in malaria cases between 2000 -2006-07 because of large deployment of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (LLIN), Insecticidal sprays and diagnostic drugs.
  • In 2004 there was 12 Million LLIN’s made and distributed, in 2010 there will be 100 million Long Lasting Mosquito Nets made and distributed with the goal of covering 750 million people (this includes net already distributed and being used) by the end of this year (2010).

Why are there less people dying from malaria now?

  • The introduction of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated nets which keep people safe and kill mosquitoes –  therefore decreasing their populations. These nets are very strong and do not need to be re-treated – even after washing them more than 20 times!
  • Annual funding just a few years ago was 1.1 billion dollars and it is now over 6 billion dollars which goes towards: treated mosquito nets, insecticidal sprays, anti malarial drugs and rapid diagnostic kits.

Things are getting better because Governments, N.G.O’s, the media and citizens are all taking action to tackle malaria.

If you are wanting to purchase mosquito nets from mosquito nets online to donate to a charity of any  kind we will donate (usually) 1 net for every 10 purchased to your cause.

Cheers,

Anthony

Treated Mosquito nets or non treated?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Today’s post answers commonly asked questions about treated mosquito nets.

Is the insecticide safe?

The insecticide that is used on our nets are all World Health Organization (W.H.O) Approved. Only in vary rare cases when someone allergic to these chemicals can they not be used. However chemicals do not get W.H.O approval easily.

These insecticides are used on nets and around houses and community “public spaces” in area’s where mosquitoes are a risk to the local peoples. A couple of  these insecticides that are used on our nets are Deltamethrin and Alpha-Cypermethrin. Deltamethrin is used on our treated Venice and Mykonos mosquito nets and Alpha-Cypermethrin are used on our Guardian net range. All these nets except of the Guardian Rectangular nets also come non treated.

Do you need a treated net and why do people use them?

Mosquitoes will not get through a net which has no holes in it and hangs in a way that there are  no openings for them to get in from the side or underneath. However, what they do, is actually kill mosquitoes and therefore reduce mosquito populations. This is huge plus for the millions of people that live in communities (in a lot of developing countries) where mosquitoes carry diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.

Treated nets are not necessary in most Developing Countries where mosquito borne disease are not a problem, however if you a want to take vengeance on them and take a few down while you sleep – use a treated mosquito net!

Stay safe,

Anthony

“A story about the mosquito net, the spray and mosquito eating fish”

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Mosquito Nets On-Line 3 Step Mosquito Viruses Eradication Program

This program is based around a 3 “pronged” attack on the elimination of Malaria, Dengue Fever, Leishmaniasis,  and other viruses carried by mosquitoes, ticks, biting sand-flies and other insects on a local level.

This is basically a smaller version of programs carried out by Governments, The World Health Organization, UNICEF and other NGO’S.

The 3 “pronged” attack is:

  1. Use of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated mosquito nets (LLIN’S)
  2. Residual wall spraying
  3. Larviciding

  1. Step 1. LLIN’S

Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets are a vast improvement on the old treated nets which only remain chemically active for 6 months and even less so if was washed regularly.

How do they work? The human body attracts the mosquito during the night; the mosquito net (which has been chemically treated using a World Health Organization approved chemical) takes out the mosquito with it dying within 24 hours.

You can only be sure that you have a legitimate LLIN if it has passed exhaustive testing by the World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES). Many companies say they use WHO guidelines for net treatment but there is no critical examination of their products, effectiveness and how long they will last.

LLIN’S nets must be effective even after 20 washes or 5 years of use. They also must be over 75 Denier in net strength.

Only 6 ‘’brands’’ have currently achieved W.H.O recommendation; we use these nets for LLIN supplies in counties where mosquito viruses are prevalent .

  1. Step 2. Residual wall spraying

Nets will keep you safe at night but we also have to take out some mosquitoes that bite during the day (Dengue fever carriers) and ticks bedbugs and other vectors. Mosquitoes can also be sleeping and or nesting in different parts of a house in corners or under eaves.

The chemical for spraying is mixed with water and then sprayed on house surfaces with it lasting over 6 months. Spraying just before the wet season starts is vital.

  1. Step 3. Larviciding

Once we have applied steps 1 and 2 to individuals and dwellings we concentrate on a “Community” level, targeting breeding grounds for mosquito larvae. There are three ways to do this:

A)   You can use safe approved chemicals on Stagnant water

B)    Eliminate such bodies of water when practical

C)    Introduce or re-introduce Indigenous mosquito eating fish, this is a natural way to control mosquito larvae

So there we have it – how to decrease acute deaths and illness from mosquito bites and how to decrease the numbers of mosquitoes.

We of course sell treated and non treated nets on our site http://www.mosquitonetsonline.com . We also supply small to medium size bulk orders of LLIN’s to groups throughout Africa, Asia and South America.

Stay safe,

Anthony

Mosquito nets on-line