Why LIT Outdoors Wants to Help End Malaria

Malaria is a mosquito-borne, life-threatending disease caused by a parasite that causes victims to experience fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms. In worst cases, which the CDC estimates occurred 445,000 times last year, death is the final outcome. Malaria is transmitted through the Anopheles mosquito, which thrives in tropical and subtropical areas where temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit).

Some of the highest transmission rates of Malaria are found in Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Amazonian Brazil, and parts of Oceania. Malaria has been a problem in India for centuries, and the World Health Organization estimates India accounts for 75% of all malaria cases in
South-East Asia
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Worldwide, India accounts for 7% of global deaths related to Malaria, ranking fourth in most deaths per country. Nigeria, DRC, and Burkina Faso account for 58% of deaths caused by Malaria. Driven by rapid population increases, poor sanitation and infrastructure, and a slow-responding government, India's struggle to mitigate the Malaria problem continues. However, there is light for the future.

 Shanty Towns in India (March 2018)

Shanty Towns in India (March 2018)

India's Ministry of Health & Welfare has initiated a five-year  Strategic Plan for Malaria Control in India 2017-2022. Organized by the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), the plan aims to create a region free from Malaria by 2030.  

To date, only 32 countries and territories have received official WHO certification for Malaria Elimination, and countries such as India are now looking to these useable strategies and tactics to eliminate the disease back home.

Some of the major obstacles for eliminating the spread of Malaria include uncontrolled population movement across states, lack of skilled workers for affected areas, and increasing resistance to insecticides.  

In response, the Indian government has created a strategic framework to mitigate these conditions by dividing their objectives into four components: Diagnosis & Case Management, Surveillance & Epidemic Response, Prevention-Integrated Vector Management, and Cross-Cutting Interventions. Severity and presence of Malaria by region will be used to determine the necessary objectives.

Anopheles mosquitos transmit the disease at night, which leaves people vulnerable. That's why LIT Outdoors is exploring options to help where Malaria is common. We feel there's huge opportunity to help improve quality of life for people living in high-risk Malarial areas with Tammocks. A good night's sleep without fear of Malaria infection could help people find employment, achieve a better education, or simply give them more time to spend outdoors with a smile on their face.

If you know an organization that would like to partner with us in efforts to stop Malaria, please contact us at info@litoutdoors.com. 

 Young Boys Strolling the Streets of India (March 2018)

Young Boys Strolling the Streets of India (March 2018)