Unicef in Australasia: Malaria prevention

06 November 2015

As the fleet takes on the Roaring Forties of the Southern Ocean Sleigh Ride towards Australia, Unicef is working in many countries across this region to keep children safe.

One of the many projects the race’s official charity works on is the distribution of mosquito nets to families like Sakinah and her son (pictured), in the village of Kou Bala-Bala, Indonesia, where the rate of malaria infection is very high each year.

Local health offices are working to eliminate the disease across Indonesia, with financial and technical support from Unicef.

Community volunteers play a vital role in preventing the spread of the disease by going door to door to check on the health of residents and asking whether they are using their insecticide-treated bed nets correctly.

The volunteers also collect blood samples. Testing for malaria is critical to identify active cases of the disease, initiate timely treatments and prevent its further spread.

Your support can help to protect children from the dangers of disease all around the world. Unicef works to keep children safe in 190 countries. It won’t stop until the world is a safe place for every child.

To learn more about Unicef and show your support, click here.

The Clipper Race fleet is due to arrive in Albany on completion of Race 3: The Wardan Whip between 22 - 26 November 2015.

Photo credit: © Unicef/IDSA10/Purnomo

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