JCI Lemesos (Cyprus) Fight Against Malaria
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Sunday, 28 October 2012
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Travel around the World promoting the Fight Against Malaria. One of the UN Millenium Goals in partner with JCI and UN Foundation.
JCI joins the battle to fight malaria in Africa
Malaria kills one child under the age of five every 30 seconds.
In the poorest parts of the world, where effective window screens are lacking, insecticide-treated bed nets are arguably the most cost-effective way to prevent malaria transmission. One bed net costs just $10 (€8) to buy and deliver to individuals in need. One bed net can safely last a family for about four years, thanks to a long-lasting insecticide woven into the net fabric.
Studies show that use of insecticide-treated bed nets can reduce transmission as much as 90% in areas with high coverage rates.
Bed nets prevent malaria transmission by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. The African malaria mosquitoes generally bite late at night or early morning, between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. A bed net is usually hung above the center of a bed or sleeping space so that it completely covers the sleeping person. A net treated with insecticide offers about twice the protection of an untreated net and can reduce the number of mosquitoes that enter the house and the overall number of mosquitoes in the area.
Currently, nets are treated with pyrethroid insecticides. These insecticides have very low levels of toxicity to humans, but are highly toxic to insects. By repelling the mosquitoes, a bed net can protect other people in the room outside the net. When enough nets are used in an area, the insecticide used in the net fabric makes entire communities safer even for those individuals who don’t have nets.
Learn more about how Malaria Kills and how you can help by visiting:
This Geocoin first placed in a Cache by JCI Lemesos (Cyprus) during a JCI Lemesos Geocaching event organised in the Platres region of Cyprus on the 28th OCT 2012.
Please try to keep this Geocoin moving and promote the Fight against Malaria.
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