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Harness innovation to reduce the Malaria Disease burden and Save Lives (World Malaria day – 2022)

Harness innovation to reduce the Malaria Disease burden and Save Lives (World Malaria day – 2022)

Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease that continues to have a devastating impact on the health and livelihoods of people around the world. In 2020, there were an estimated 241 million new cases of malaria and 627, 000 malaria-related deaths in 85 countries. It is of utmost importance to control the malarial vector and its breeding source so as to minimize the impact of malaria on human health. World Malaria Day 2022 will be marked under the theme “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives.” No single tool that is available today will solve the problem of malaria. WHO is calling for investments and innovation that bring new vector control approaches, diagnostics, antimalarial medicines and other tools to speed the pace of progress against malaria. World Malaria Day is celebrated and observed on 25 April every year to raise awareness about this life-threatening disease that continues to pose a threat to mankind. Malaria is caused due to the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito, (which is infected with the malaria-causing plasmodium parasite). Almost half of the world’s citizens are at a risk of malaria and the chances of people residing in poor countries contracting the disease are much higher. In Ayurvedic literature Malaria fever is known as Vishama Jvara (intermittent fever) and many drugs are prescribed for its treatment.some traditional herbs used in the management of malaria are Kalamegha ( Andrographis paniculata), Bhumi Amlaki( Phyllanthus niruri), Shunti (Zingiber officinale), Bilva( Aegle marmelos). Personal protection measures like Full Clothing and use of Mosquito Nets are adviced, Look for stagnated water in water pots/tyres. People are adviced to fumigate the house using Ayurvedic drugs like Neem,  Guggulu, vacha, Agaru etc to protect from mosquito breeding.

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