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Join Us in the Fight Against Malaria

Earlier this month, Accordia Global Health Foundation launched the "You've Just Been Bitten" campaign in preparation for World Malaria Day to highlight Africa’s malaria burden as well as emerging locally-proven solutions, like those proposed by Dr. Kamija Phiri of Malawi—Accordia’s 2012 Merle Sande Award recipient. Despite the many control measures over the decades, malaria continues to be the leading cause of death for children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa.

Solutions for Fighting Malaria

The Merle A. Sande Health Leadership Award is an annual award that recognizes the accomplishments of emerging African health leaders who have contributed to the field of infectious disease. This year, the 2012 Merle A. Sande Health Leadership Awardee is Dr. Kamija Phiri, Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. Dr. Phiri is specifically honored for his outstanding work on investigating new strategies to prevent malaria and severe anemia, one of malaria’s most common and devastating complications in children. 

On hearing the news of the award, Dr. Phiri remarked “This award is an incredible honor not only to my parents, teachers and colleagues but to my country.” His family – wife Lorraine and two-year old daughter, Mandipa – remains his strongest pillar of strength and encouragement.

Dr. Phiri delivered a keynote address entitled, "The Hidden Danger for Children Recovering from Severe Malaria," on April 19, in Kampala, Uganda.

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Since 2006, Accordia has developed and evaluated its Malaria Training Program , a comprehensive approach to improving the quality of care for malaria in Africa. A cost-effectiveness study of this training demonstrates a cost of just $182 per life potentially saved – compared to published estimates of $500-$1,000 per life saved for insecticide-treated nets.

Through this training program, clinicians are trained in the prevention, care and, treatment of malaria, including the use of rapid diagnostic tests in place of standard-of-care presumptive treatment to reduce the unnecessary use of antimalarials.  The program also provides training for pharmacists and the private sector, who supply the vast majority of antimalarials in Africa, as well as for community health workers in home-based management of fever.

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You’ve just been bitten!

For many of us, mosquitoes mark the return of summer. For others, they represent a threat to survival. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50 percent of the world’s population is at risk of contracting malaria. Most deaths occur among children living in Africa, where a child dies every minute of malaria.

So, what do you really know about malaria? How can you help stamp out malaria?

Text AFRICA to 80088 to take a short quiz and test your knowledge about malaria. There are several other ways to get involved too - like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, make a donation, and tell a friend about Accordia.

Here are the winners of the 2012 World Malaria Day drawing:

Grand Prize: Thomas Tanner

Second Prize Winners:

  • Sonsie Gift Certificate - Michelle Herrerias
  • Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse Gift Certificate - Cathleen Cisse
  • Cafeteria Gift Certificate - Kimona Kousins
  • Clio Gift Certificate - Taryn Vian
  • Tico Gift Certificate - Arian Rustemi

Contact us to claim your prizes!
 

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