WHO European Region announced last week that Europe is now malaria free. This is great news to coincide with World Malaria Day this year. The challenge is to make sure Europe remains free of malaria into the future.
Europe has been declared malaria free before, back in 1975. What happened to allow it to return?
Image:Loren Javier Father Christmas & wife puppets Happy Christmas!
One intriguing way of getting health messages across to communities who are illiterate and whose spoken language may not even have words to describe the medical concept, is to entertain them. Travelling theatre groups in Africa sing or act out AIDs prevention stories, board games educate children on climate or help mothers cope with domestic violence, and, not to be left out, there is now an online game that can support the fight against hunger (see UN food aid agency helps create online game to fight hunger)
Another way is storytelling with puppets and I am going to tell you about the work of one particular company No Strings.