World Malaria Day 2018: Are you with us?

 

"The political activity in the build-up to World Malaria Day on April 25 has belied a recent drop in funding and a slowdown in progress tackling what remains one of the globe's most devastating infectious diseases.  With London hosting a malaria summit on the sidelines of the Commonwealth heads of government gathering, there was no shortage of speeches about the need for redoubled efforts. Yet progress has stalled — there were 445,000 deaths in 2016, just one thousand fewer than the year before — a high proportion of them in Commonwealth countries led by Nigeria and India." 
- Financial Times Health.

 

Today is World Malaria Day - a critical day to recognise the global efforts to control malaria.

Cases of malaria are on the rise

Since 2000, malaria deaths have been reduced by more than 60%, saving over 6.8 million lives. However, in 2015 there were over 212 million cases and almost half a million deaths from malaria. n 2016 malaria cases rose by 5 million from 2015, which a total of 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries. Progress on malaria has stalled and new innovations are needed to win the fight against this devastating diseases.

Around the world, 24 countries saw an increase of more than 50,500 cases in 2016, with Rwanda and Nigeria seeing 1 million new cases.

However, the number of deaths caused by malaria remained stable and declined for under 5’s from 440 000 in 2010 to 285 000 in 2016.

Africa continues to be the continent which suffers the most from malaria with 90% of all reported cases and 91% of deaths.

7 countries have been certified by WHO as having eliminated malaria: United Arab Emirates (2007), Morocco (2010), Turkmenistan (2010), Armenia (2011), Maldives (2015), Sri Lanka (2016) and Kyrgyzstan (2016).

Much more investment is needed to beat malaria

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the annual investment needed by 2020 to meet the 2030 targets for Malaria is $6.5 billion, current annual investment is only $2.7 billion.

In 2016 the US was the largest malaria donor contributing 38% of all funding. The United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan were also large contributors.

There are over 400 different species of Anopheles mosquito

Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasites which are spread to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes, known as malaria vectors. However, there are only 5 parasite species that can cause malaria in humans.

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How does incognito help?

We donate 10% of our profits to charities that help fight malaria and other vector-borne diseases. Our insect repellents protect you, your family, and the environment from the devastating effects of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. You don’t need to use a toxic chemical product to protect yourself and your family - our products are 100% natural and good for the environment while also providing 100% protection against mosquitoes for 5 hours in clinical tests.

Sleeping under an insecticide-treated net is the most common method used to prevent malaria and is often featured in charity appeals to prevent malaria spread. The numbers of people using mosquito nets has risen 25% since 2010.

Spraying the inside walls of homes is also a popular prevention method of but the number of people doing this has fallen by 80 million since 2010. 

Travellers must be vigilant and take adequate precautions in malarial areas. Due to the Zika crisis, there is a greater awareness among travellers of the prevalence and risk associated with any mosquito-borne disease, the risks associated with travelling to tropical areas and the need to be adequately prepared.
Make sure you use a recognised insect repellent such as PMD (the active ingredient in incognito®) and follow C.L.O.A.K rules:  

C – Cover up arms and legs with suitable clothing. Always sleep under an impregnated mosquito net; preferably a long lasting one.
L – Light coloured clothing is strongly advisable, covering arms and legs as much as possible. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours – they easily bite through clothing.
O – Odours, bodily or otherwise like perfume, scented soaps, shampoos, etc are strong attractants. So don’t use them! Instead wash with citrusy, repellent products where possible and exfoliate with a loofah; especially if you are a mosquito magnet.
A – Apply an effective mosquito repellent: either DEET or PMD based if you prefer a natural solution and reapply when necessary.
K – Keep away from stagnant water or remove it if you can.

Our incognito spray and roll-on are both clinically proven to protect against malaria, when used in conjunction with a mosquito net. We also supply long-lasting impregnated (LLI) bed nets as well as non-impregnated for disease-free areas.

Our incognito insect repellent spray, roll-on and suncream all contain PMD. You can use our insect repellent SPF25 suncream and our insect repellent spray and roll-on for 100% protection against mosquito bites for 5 hours, as tested by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

PMD is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Public Health England and the NHS for any travellers going to high-risk malaria areas.

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