Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and kills large numbers of children each year.
Older children can promote the use of bed nets and help prevent mosquitoes from breeding and biting. Children can help to care for younger children with fevers and during recovery by helping them to eat good food, drink and catch-up on school work. There is now a vaccine which is beginning to be rolled out in some parts of the world.
Use the message tabs on the left to read our Top Ten Messages on Malaria for children to learn and share. Scroll down to see ideas on what children can do to understand, find out more, take action and reflect on this topic.
MAKE our own Malaria Messages using our own words in our own language!
LEARN these messages so we never forget them!
ADD these messages to our collection!
SHARE these messages with other children and our families!
MAKE posters to show others how malaria spreads and how we can join the fight to prevent malaria!
MAKE up stories or plays about the life cycle of the Anopheles mosquito to tell or perform to other children!
MAKE posters to show others how to use bed nets!
TELL stories and make posters to show others how to prevent mosquitoes biting.
CREATE stories or dramas to show how a child recognises the signs of malaria in another child and ask the adults to take her for a test!
CREATE stories or drama about the signs for malaria and anaemia, how worms lead to anaemia and how malaria leads to anaemia too.
MAKE posters about iron rich food in our community.
HELP younger children stay under the net when mosquitoes are biting!
ENSURE nets are tucked in properly and have no holes!
CREATE stories or drama about why people do and don’t like nets and what they believe the nets do and don’t do!
ORGANISE a campaign to show people how to use nets!
INVITE a health worker to visit our school and talk to older children about the tests!
USE song, dance and drama to share these message with others!
HOW many people in our family have had malaria?
HOW we can prevent malaria?
HOW and WHEN to hang up bed nets and use window screens and how do they work?
WHERE do people get LLINs in the community (e.g. at a health centre on child health days)?
HOW can malaria kill?
HOW dangerous is malaria for pregnant women and children?
WHY do children get malaria more easily?
WHAT do health workers give women who are having a baby to stop them getting malaria and when do they get it?
HOW do iron and iron rich foods rich foods (meat, some cereals and green leafy vegetables) help to prevent anaemia?
HOW to protect ourselves and each other from mosquito bites?
WHAT do you call the special tests to check if malaria is present in the blood?