World Malaria Day
Leutina David Lina
My name is Leutina David Lina and I have been successful in preventing Malaria for over a year now. Malaria is a widespread disease in Angola, especially, children under five and pregnant women get malaria often. I have been working with a field officer of the TCE Project in my area and he has made several visits to my house here and talked about how families can prevent malaria infection. From the malaria key messages I have learnt, I restricted my children not to play outside the house during the night. The reason that they do not like long sleeves clothes because of the hot climate. I have also learnt to go quickly to a clinic if my child gets sick and show malaria symptoms.
Malaria can be easily cured when a person gets treatment early in time as many die in hospital because they were late going to the clinic. I had only one mosquito net which I got from the clinic when I was pregnant and I had to put it in my bedroom, for me, my husband and the little child, while other kids could sleep without a mosquito net. When the field officer of the TCE project talked to me about high risk groups to contract malaria, use of mosquito nets correctly and consistently, he asked me how many mosquito nets we have for the whole family. I replied to him that it was only one. I had to use the money that I had for other things to buy another mosquito net for my other to children. I also realized that it as worth buying a mosquito net in order to prevent the whole family from getting malaria than using a lot of money in hospital and even losing a life.
Apart from that the above, the field officer also taught me about a number of issues for a family to be in malaria control. Though I had changed my behavior towards malaria by seeking early treatment, securing mosquito nets for myself and my children but, there was litter lying around the house, stagnant water and my windows didn’t have mosquito screens. After I learned what made a house in control of malaria, I made it a routine, to clean surrounding of my house and taking care of weeds also. In 2015, none of my children got malaria and they also practice what I taught them, like staying indoors at night and sleeping under their mosquito net. I think every family should secure mosquito nets for the whole family, not only for elders as our children who are under five, remain the high risk group to get malaria infection. We use mosquito nets in all rooms but I have also noted that it’s very rare to see mosquitoes inside our house due to the measures I have taken to keep our environment clean, mosquito screen on the windows.
Manuel Madalena, Director of Kimpondo secondary school
I am Manuel Madalena and the school Director of Kimpondo secondary school. I witnessed the influence of the TCE Project on the pupils of the school as they became more aware of preventing themselves from getting infected by malaria. It has become a routine at our school that pupils take care of cleaning of the surrounding, avoid throwing litter and get rid of stagnant waters. Young people and the youths have the influence in malaria control, as they are more literate and can easily disseminate different messages through theatre, poems and songs in the community especially, during campaigns and other events. Our students have also capacity of passing same messages on malaria they were taught to their parents, family members and neighbors. In reality, this makes a great impact to the community, in general, because different ages are reached and this brings a great change
in malaria control. The teacher’s takes full responsibility in the malaria school program as this reduces absentism in schools. At Kimpondo School, we participated and took part in fighting malaria with TCE Malaria school program. Our school has been the most active school participating in different TCE events. Two students from our school came out with best malaria prevention drawings. It means messages from malaria lessons have made impact in their lives and understand how critical malaria is in Angola. I have also seen impact of this malaria school program in the villages around our school; the environment is quite inviting, no garbage heaped along the roads or behind the houses. The project has made a lasting impact on the school and its surrounding community.