Today is World Malaria Day, as designated by the World Health Organization. The day is marked by a range of activities around the world with the current theme of "Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria." The activities will focus on the progress that has been made so far towards controlling malaria and the steps that still need to be taken for future control. According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 200 million cases of malaria worldwide, killing approximately 660,000 people each year. Malaria especially affects children under five in sub-Saharan Africa.
In Ghana, the day will be dedicated to celebrating the achievements in malaria prevention and intervention by the Ghana Health Service's National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP). The day's events also include presenting the new campaign for malaria prevention that focuses on promoting the use of long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets and the continuous distribution of these nets at schools and health facilities.
Read about Ghana's events for today here.
Check out the official World Malaria Day page here.
And for everyone in the Cleveland area, don't forget to go out to our fundraiser being held at the Jolly Scholar tonight at 10pm! Check out the Facebook event page here. Thank you for your support!