People acknowledgement and recognize malaria as a disease
Many communities still think that malaria is caused by the heat of the sun, or for the severe cases, some curse sent by hostile neighbours. When the community acknowledges that malaria is not a fact of life and knows how it spreads, people take action. Back to results on malaria
Even children know the cause of malaria (Togo)
Evegno Lomi, a school boy in Doumé (Togo) said, “In my family, we were often sick because of malaria. Now that we know the cause of this desease, we have dug a cesspool sink to drain waste water, we sleep under insecticide treated bednets, and we have not had any malaria cases for two years. And when someone doesn’t feel well, he goes right away to the Health Centre. Most of my school friends behave the same way."
Malaria = Witchcraft (The Gambia)
Mrs Sera Badji, from Sohm (the Gambia) explained that people were linking malaria to witchcraft. It was impossible to discuss this matter due to lack of knowledge and awareness. “Now, our group of women can easily communicate on these matters with the community, discuss the causes of malaria, symptoms and means of prevention and treatment."