A simple, cost-effective way to prevent a deadly disease
Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitos. Almost two-thirds of the people UNHCR — the UN Refugee Agency — is mandated to protect live in areas where malaria is pervasive.
Pregnant women and young children are particularly at risk. Refugees — malnourished from their perilous journeys — who live in congested camps that contain standing pools of water where mosquitoes breed are in even graver danger. Outbreaks can be especially deadly right after the rainy season in subtropical climates.
But malaria is preventable through the use of insecticide-treated nets, which USA for UNHCR donors help provide to refugees who live in subtropical climates. In addition, UNHCR is:
Treating shelters with insecticide before the rainy season
Training community health workers to educate refugees about malaria, assess people at risk and encourage them to seek treatment
Ensuring that malaria prevention programs and services provided by host countries reach refugees
A young refugee from South Sudan stands next to a bed protected with a mosquito net. The insecticide added to the nets kills the mosquitoes before they can transmit the disease.
Jacqueline was pregnant when she, her husband and child fled to Tanzania to escape violence in Burundi. The family, which now includes baby Dani, lives in a UNHCR shelter in Nduta refugee camp. The family is now safe, and with mosquito nets protecting her children’s bed, Jacqueline no longer worries about them getting sick.