On 25 April, the world will unite in support of World Malaria Day.
For most people in Africa, World Malaria Day is a day to remind the world of the impact that this killer disease has on this continent. The aim of the day is to boost awareness and curb the spread of the mosquito-borne infectious disease, which causes fever, headaches and, in severe cases, can lead to coma or death.
We are a partner of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (http://www.theglobalfund.org) and are engaged in pro-bono projects in a number of African countries where the Global Fund guarantees are provided with financial and administrative training.
In 2015 and 2016, a number of our country teams played a role in helping reduce the number of new malaria infections. Here are some of their initiatives:
Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe donated malaria repellent kits to StAlbert’s Mission hospital in Centenary, a safe to Nzeve Deaf Children’s Home in Mutare.
Our Standard Bank Namibia team donated 200 chemically treated mosquito nets which were distributed to malaria-infected areas.
Stanbic IBTC distributed treated mosquito nets to school children in the Makoko, Yaba area of Lagos State, helping to stem the malaria scorch and in the process contribute to the health and wellbeing of children and other community members in the Makoko area.
World Malaria Day was instituted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Member States in 2007, when a goal was set to reduce the number of deaths caused by malaria by 75% by 2015.
These are some of WHO’s current malaria facts:
Nearly half of the world's population is at risk of malaria.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.
In 2015, there were 212 million cases of malaria worldwide.
There was a global decrease in malaria incidences between 2010 and 2015.