The nonprofit association Stop Malaria Africa organized a concert to raise awareness in the fight against malaria.

Malaria is a disease that is usually associated with Third World countries, but few know that Europe also suffered from malaria until approximately 50 years ago, when it could be eradicated through extreme measures that proved extremely damaging to the environment and our health.

According to the latest WHO data, the mortality rate of malaria has declined relative to recent years, but this achievement could be affected by funding cuts to research projects against resistance to insecticides and drug resistance.

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Today we have with us Iago Vazquez, president and co-founder of Africa Malaria Stop, A non-profit organization that brings granite in the fight against malaria by promoting the use of malaria prevention measures such as mosquito nets and other measures that can help cure it, as those derived from the plant Artemisia, and that this Christmas invites us to collaborate with them through a concert.

Malaria and current situation

B.E.: What is malaria and how it spreads? What is their life cycle?

IV: Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted between people because of the bite of certain mosquitoes.

EB: These days we hear about the resurgence of malaria in Greece, could you explain what the current landscape of malaria?

IV: Malaria threatens almost half the world population and its distribution due to climatic and economic factors. It is a disease that during the twentieth century has been eradicated in many countries, all developed or developing, as in Europe or the United States. So today malaria is a disease of poor economic growth slows further in any country where you are, as is the case throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

In Europe the climate change crisis and require health authorities to be alert to a disease already known due to the large number of cases coming from endemic areas, mainly tourists and immigrants. These cases rarely make the news except when native mosquitoes begin transmission of the parasite. Is there a risk of uncontrolled spread of the disease? The answer is no. Malaria kills nearly a million every year people, but European children do not swell this figure. We have the knowledge and means to tackle any new focus to appear.

Measures to prevent and cure malaria

B.E.: How can I prevent infection?

IV: The WHO establishes several measures to prevent malaria: intermittent treatment to pregnant women and children under 5 years (risk groups), insecticide spraying of the interior of the housing, control of mosquito populations by preventing the onset of suitable habitats for breeding (standing water), health education or the use of mosquito nets impregnated with insecticide. From our association we are dedicated to the latter two strategies, since they are necessarily complementary and have a proven effectiveness in relation to its cost.

B.E.: Is there a cure for malaria? What lines of inquiry are being followed?

I.V.: Malaria cures since ancient times. In the seventeenth century the Jesuits introduced quinine into Europe but BC the Chinese were talking about a plant with antimalarial properties: the Artemis.

Today we combine these drugs of natural origin and its derivatives with other chemical synthesis to prevent the emergence of resistance. Research new drugs is continuous while the resources devoted to it are rare considering the terrible disease that we face.

Stop Malaria Africa acts to prevent malaria and raise awareness of the problem

EB: Iago, Stop Malaria in Africa do you echo the current problem that this disease leads to health and society of affected populations, what activities have taken place here and in Africa?

IV: From Africa Malaria Stop organize activities to publicize the problems arising from the presence of malaria in other countries and to explain our initiative to combat it. Thus, for example conferences, guided visits to places where malaria was especially present as was the Delta del Llobregat, activities for schools in Catalonia and Galicia now, story based on the work of the writer Montserrat Rabat, photo exhibitions, etc.

But our organization was to help our African brothers and in this way and with your help, we conduct deliveries of bed nets in The Gambia with a personalized and health education workshops. We have also made Artemis plantations to facilitate access to free cure the local population.

EB: A little bird has sung me more things that are preparing for next year, what new projects do you have for 2012?

IV: In addition to continuing oversight of the projects started, we appreciate the opportunity to expand into Senegal and increase the range of activities. Furthermore, a number of appointments that will continue to be present such as: World Malaria Day (April 25), Sant Jordi (April 23), the Solidarity Fair (June) or the World Day of birds ( October).

Christmas Concert Stop Malaria in Africa

EB: This December you have prepared some fundraising activities, a concert You tell us the details?

IV: A concert with the Devil’s Nephew repeated after the success of last year and this time accompanied by another great artist such as Dr. Fargo. Good music and laughs guaranteed with this duo suitable for all audiences despite its blatantly incorrect speech.

It will be this Friday, December 30 at 21:00 hours in the Bar Room Macondo (C / Conca 21. Barcelona. Metro: L5 Camp de l’Arpa). Entry is priced at € 10 and includes participation in a lottery.

EB: Iago Thanks for participating today in this interview. As a final touch, could you explain how we can cooperate with Africa Stop Malaria?

IV: For the more courageous and willing, we encourage you to travel to Gambia and to work in the field with us more compatible with your vacation. If adventure trips are not your thing, you can participate in our activities or cooperate economically.