SADC Malaria Day 2022 – 6 November

Commemoration of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Malaria Day on 6 November every year aims to create awareness about malaria and mobilize the community to participate in malaria control programs.

Communities are mobilized through health education to:

*Recognize signs and symptoms of malaria

*Provide more home-based treatment

*Seek treatment when they become ill

*Use personal protective measure.

Facts about malaria:

*Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes.

*About 3.2 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria.

*Young children, pregnant women and non-immune travellers from malaria-free areas are particularly vulnerable to the disease when they become infected.

*Malaria is preventable and curable, and increased efforts are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many places.

*Sub-Saharan Africa carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2015, the region was home to 89% of malaria cases and 91% of malaria deaths.

It is important to know and understand the symptoms of Malaria.

Signs and symptoms of malaria may include:



-General feeling of discomfort


-Nausea and vomiting


-Abdominal pain

-Muscle or joint pain


-Rapid breathing

-Rapid heart rate


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