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Intensifying the Fight against Malaria!  

The week of the 06th to the 10th of November holds particular significance in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as it marks SADC malaria week.  This week aims to increase malaria awareness and promote stronger collaboration among members of the regional bloc to reduce the spread of this deadly disease.

To effectively manage malaria, it is crucial that travellers and healthcare practitioners adhere to the following guidelines.

Guidelines for Travelers and Healthcare Practitioners:

1.    Confirm Malaria Transmission in the Destination Country
Travellers are strongly advised to consult resources such as  the CDC  malaria information by country  to determine the malaria risk and recommended treatments and prevention measures.

2.    Conduct Individual Risk Assessment
Healthcare practitioners should conduct thorough individual risk assessments on travellers to ensure that the most appropriate preventive measures are recommended.  Factors to consider during the assessment include the destination country and city, accommodation type, form, and time of travel as well as health status and age of the traveller.

3.    Adherence and Compliance to Anti-Malaria Measures
It is important to remember that while chemoprophylactics do not provide 100% protection against malaria if taken as prescribed by healthcare professionals they reduce the risk of acquiring malaria considerably.  Non-pharmaceutical measures such as repellents with at least 30% DEET and bed nets (ideally treated in insecticides) are also effective in preventing malaria.

4.    THINK Malaria
Recognising the signs and symptoms of malaria is crucial in preventing severe illness. In adults, common signs and symptoms include headaches, cold shivers, sweating, and muscle pain. In children, symptoms may present as fever, lethargy, poor feeding, vomiting, diarrhea, or coughing. Healthcare practitioners are advised to be vigilant and consider the possibility of malaria in patients exhibiting the aforementioned symptoms, particularly in those with recent travel to malaria-endemic areas. Patients are urged to inform healthcare professionals of recent travel to malaria-risk areas when presenting with flu-like illness.

Mzukona

Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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