UMCOR Marks World Malaria Day in Indonesia
April 20, 2010—Starting tomorrow, UMCOR Indonesia will commemorate World Malaria Day with a program of activities aimed at involving students, teachers, and local communities in learning about and preventing the disease.
The effort is part of UMCOR’s integrated Sustainable Development in Aceh (ISDA) project, in which 17 schools in two districts, Aceh Besar and Bireuen, participate.
World Malaria Day is slated for this Sunday, April 25, but the UMCOR Indonesia program will extend for the two weeks surrounding that internationally recognized day of learning about a preventable disease that kills more than a million people each year.
Participating students, who range in age from 6 to 12 years old, will perform a skit entitled, “Mosquitoes are Horrible”, which tells the story of malaria transmission, signs and symptoms of the disease, what to do once infected, and, most important, how to prevent the illness from occurring. The schoolchildren will vie for parts that include: Female Anopheles Mosquito, Red Blood Cells, Malaria Parasites, and The Heart.
After the play, students will learn the “Slap the Mosquito” song before an UMCOR-trained teacher explains basic facts about malaria and the importance of using mosquito nets. There will be a demonstration of proper bed-net use and a pop-quiz on malaria. An information banner will be displayed on the schools’ grounds to disseminate additional information on malaria and World Malaria Day among the students and surrounding population.
These events follow the recently conducted positive-behavior-change training for 34 teachers from the ISDA project schools in rural Aceh, which included training in malaria causes and prevention. The teachers, in turn, will offer the same training to their colleagues later this month.
In all, UMCOR Indonesia’s World Malaria Day activities will reach 2,786 schoolchildren, 279 teachers, and 12,999 households with health messages on this preventable disease that continues to infect, impoverish and kill millions worldwide.
About World Malaria Day
April 25, 2010 marks the third World Malaria Day since its inception in 2007. World Malaria Day is a global partnership of governments, international organizations, private sectors and research institutions to provide effective control of malaria, which half the world’s population is at risk of acquiring.
The ongoing Roll Back Malaria Partnership campaign, “Counting Malaria Out,” seeks to intensify global efforts to reach milestones set by the Global Malaria Action Plan. The initative aims to meet the 2010 target of universal mosquito-net coverage for all at-risk populations and a 50 percent reduction of the number of malaria cases and deaths.
About UMCOR Indonesia
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is a not-for-profit humanitarian aid organization working in more than 80 countries worldwide. Our mission is to alleviate human suffering — whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster—with hearts and minds open to all people.
UMCOR established its field offices in Indonesia following the December 2004 tsunami. Country operations are based in Medan, with field offices in Banda Aceh and Bireuen.
UMCOR Indonesia continues to help those affected by the tsunami and the 30-year conflict that preceded it. To support these projects, please give generously to Indonesia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #217400.