It’s the 21st Century and people are still dying from the world’s oldest and deadliest disease. Over a billion people live at risk of malaria – most of them in Africa.
According to the 2017 World Health Organization report, there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016 – an increase of about 5 million cases over 2015. 445,000 people died from the disease and children under 5 accounted for 70% of these fatalities.
A child dies every two minutes from malaria and pregnant women are also at high risk. Kingsley’s had malaria more than 50 times and the rest of the expedition team have also suffered plenty of bouts. “It’s like a thud to the heart when you get to a village and a mother is screaming, not knowing what to do – her child dying from malaria and the nearest clinic over 100 kilometres away by dugout canoe,” says Kingsley.
This is why malaria prevention remains our biggest humanitarian project. According to the World Health Organisation, the three most important malaria prevention techniques are: education, the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor residual spraying.
On all our expeditions, we distribute long-lasting, insecticide-treated PermaNet mosquito nets manufactured by world-leaders Vestergaard to pregnant women and mothers with children under the age of 5 years. This happens hand-in-hand with educational malaria prevention leaflets (in different languages) and a demonstration on how to use and care for the mosquito nets.
To date, the Kingsley Holgate Foundation has distributed over 325,000 mosquito nets in high-risk communities throughout Africa, helping to protect over 1,3 million people from the deadly bite of the female Anopheles mosquito.
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‘Tchau Tchau Malaria’ (in Portuguese) is a massive, indoor residual spraying effort to protect hundreds of thousands of villagers in southern Mozambique, and to also stop the spread of malaria into neighbouring Swaziland and South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province and the Kruger National Park region. To date, more than 500,000 people have been protected by this programme.
Pioneered by Nando’s and supported by the Global Fund and the Mozambique Ministry of Health, the Kingsley Holgate Foundation is a proud partner in Goodbye Malaria, running fun-filled events for children that deliver an important message that can save lives. Our work includes malaria education in the local languages of Shangaan and Portuguese using ‘Malaria Art’ lessons to reach thousands of school children in high-risk communities. Plus, through the energy of soccer, we take the fight against malaria to the playing field by arranging Malaria Soccer Trophy challenges with soccer kits for the teams and a bicycle for the ‘man of the match’. These exciting soccer contests draw entire communities to malaria prevention events, allowing a life-saving message to be spread even further.
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