When addressing the issue of malaria, the World Health Organization stresses the need for a two-tiered strategy. One aspect of this method is the use of insecticide-treated bed-nets, and the other is educating people on how to use the nets properly and to avoid mosquitoes.? Without this awareness of the importance of bed-nets, this useful intervention will not have nearly as positive an impact. With this in mind, Barakat is planning a distribution of 365 bed-nets at the Care and Fair School in Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh. With this distribution, students will be taught about how to use the nets and why using the nets is crucial to preventing the disease. Ten-year-old Kumari Rani, a student at the Care and Fair School, comes from a family of 7 and knows many people affected by malaria. Kumari says that malaria is a constant fear in her life and that she does not currently use a mosquito net. She explains, “I learned how to use the net from my teacher. The nets are very useful and make me less scared about malaria.”
Malaria represents a serious health issue, and Barakat is working with our community to bring education to combat it. The knowledge that educators can spread about the disease can lead to greater prevention measures and fewer pregnant women and children affected.
As we look at this picture of the malaria situation in Uttar Pradesh, we must go back to the original facts about malaria: it is a disease that must be taken seriously since it poses serious dangers and is easily spread, but it is also curable and preventable. We will keep you updated on Barakat’s progress in combating malaria in Uttar Pradesh – prevention is possible and our communities are working hard to attain it!