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. Read how these messages have been used successfully in schools.
Use the tabs 1-10 above 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.
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CHILDREN SAY THAT WE CAN…
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!
WHAT CAN CHILDREN MAKE?
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.
WHAT CAN CHILDREN DO?
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!
WHAT CAN CHILDREN ASK?
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?
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ALL 10 MESSAGES…
- Malaria is a disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
- Malaria is dangerous. It causes fever and can kill, especially children & pregnant women.
- Prevent malaria by sleeping under insecticide treated bed nets that kill mosquitoes & stop them biting.
- Malaria mosquitoes often bite between sunset & sunrise.
- When children get malaria they may grow and develop more slowly.
- There are three types of insecticide spraying to kill malaria mosquitoes: in houses, in the air & onto water.
- The signs for malaria are high fever, headaches, muscle & stomach aches & chills. Rapid tests and treatment will save lives.
- Malaria can be prevented & treated with medicine as directed by a health worker.
- Malaria lives in an infected person’s blood and can cause anaemia that makes us tired and weak.
- Anti-malaria pills can prevent or reduce malaria and anaemia in places and at times when there is lots of malaria in a community.