Malaria answers and then some…

Normally, my English Club is made up of 7th and 8th graders, but occasionally other grades filter in. Today, the 2nd graders came en-mass. And while they couldn’t answer many of the questions, the ones they did know surprised me. Plus, the 8th graders helped them out when they struggled.

It was widely known that you go to a clinic if you suspect you have malaria. Everyone knew rainy season was the deadliest time for malaria and that the mosquito was the insect that transmits malaria. The rest of the questions were left up to the 8th graders and they did quite well. How’d you do?


1. This group is most likely to get malaria: Children
3. Malaria parasites target and destroy this in the human body: Red blood cells
6. When does the mosquito attack humans most: Night
7. Where should you go if you suspect you have malaria: Clinic
8. What insect transmits malaria: Mosquito
9. Which continent accounts for 90% of malaria deaths: Africa
10. Percentage of the world’s population that is susceptible to malaria: Fifty

2. What is the most effective way to reduce malaria transmission: Indoor residual spray
4. Which season is malaria most common: Rainy
5. How often should you sleep under a net: Every night

But our malaria work isn’t done…Saturday I’m recording a radio show with the English Language Improvement Center here at Hawassa’s College of Teacher Education. The 30-minute program will focus on malaria facts and prevention. We’ll even be highlighting malaria related media:

Book –The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah, published in 2010

Movie – Mary and Martha released in 2013 with Hilary Swank

Music – “Hearts on Fire by” Yvonne Chaka Chaka, all proceeds from the purchase of this song will go to United Against Malaria and the Princess of Africa Foundation

What are you doing to stop the spread of malaria?

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