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OUR MISSION

In Papua New Guinea, Malaria is a fact of life for the average person and sees more than 1.2 million struck down each year. Our aim is to halve both the morbidity and mortality of malaria over the next five years.

ACHIEVING OUR MISSION: ADOPT A VILLAGE

This is where we hope that you will help. We have a programme that sees Rotary Clubs, private sector organisations and individuals "Adopt a Village". We have broken the whole country into "Bite Size" chunks so that a small village may cost $1,000, a medium size village may cost $2,000 and a large village may cost $3,000.

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Current Target District:

Kairuku - Hiri
[Central Province]

Villages in this District



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WHAT IS MALARIA?

Malaria is a potentially fatal blood disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted to human and animal hosts by the Anopheles mosquito.

The human parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, is dangerous not only be cause it digests the red blood cell's hemoglobin, but also because it changes the adhesive properties of the cell it inhabits.

This change in turn causes the cell to stick to the walls of blood vessels. It becomes especially dangerous when the infected blood cells stick to the capillaries in the brain, obstructing blood flow, a condition called cerebral malaria. Scientists using the x-ray microscope are hoping to learn more about the how the parasite infects and disrupts the blood cells and the blood vessels of an infected host.

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FIGHTING MALARIA WITH NETS

Mosquito nets help keep mosquitoes away from people, and thus greatly reduce the infection and transmission of malaria. The nets are not a perfect barrier, so they are often treated with an insecticide designed to kill the mosquito before it has time to search for a way past the net.

Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) are estimated to be twice as effective as untreated nets, and a offers greater than 70% protection compared with no net. Since the Anopheles mosquitoes feed at night, the preferred method is to hang a large "bed net" above the center of a bed such that it drapes down and covers the bed completely.

The distribution of mosquito nets impregnated with insecticide (often deltamethrin) has been shown to be an extremely effective method of malaria prevention, and it is also one of the most cost-effective methods of prevention.

LLIN's have the advantage of protecting people sleeping under the net and simultaneously killing mosquitoes that contact the net. This has the effect of killing the most dangerous mosquitoes. Some protection is also provided to others, including people sleeping in the same room but not under the net.

Unfortunately, the cost of treating malaria is high relative to income, and the illness results in lost wages. Consequently, the financial burden means that the cost of a mosquito net is often unaffordable to people in developing countries, especially for those most at risk.
Roll Back Malaria World Malaria Day 2009