From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, First Lady Launches “Imagine No Malaria” Campaign
By Aruna Turay
Aug 18, 2010, 23:56

The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma in collaboration with the United Methodist Church (UMC) under the church’s Global Health Initiative, has officially launched the ‘Imagine No Malaria’ campaign at the Hotel Barmoi, Aberdeen in Freetown on Tuesday 17th August 2010.

Addressing her audience, Madam Koroma thanked the church for extending their services to Sierra Leone. She said the church has not only contributed to the development of Sierra Leone religiously, but has also contributed to the improvement of education and health. She defined malaria as a mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by a eukaryotic genus known as Plasmodium. She said survey indicates that it is widespread in tropical and sub-tropical regions and that each year, there are approximately 350 to 500million cases of malaria, killing between one and three million people, majority of whom are young children in sub-Saharan Africa.

First Lady Sia Koroma flanked by Bishop Yambasu and visiting UMC Bishop


She went to say that Sierra Leone as a country is not immune to killer diseases, adding that Sierra Leone is subscribed to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, a global framework launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and World Bank in an effort to provide coordinated global action against malaria.

She called on all to take preventive measures against malaria while pleading to Sierra Leoneans to stop using bed-nets for fishing purposes.

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