Eliminating mosquito breeding grounds in Zimbabwe

Jessica Nipp Hacker

Mosquitoes transmit malaria to humans.  Therefore, one of the best ways to eliminate the threat of malaria in a community is to ensure that there are fewer mosquitoes. 

The Lutheran Malaria Program in Zimbabwe is tackling the issue of mosquito population through community education.  The program organizes environmental management awareness campaigns to teach people how to eliminate mosquito-friendly environmental conditions such as standing water and tall grasses. Through the program, communities learn to organize themselves and to create safer environments.  Essential cleaning equipment such as slashers and rakes are also provided by the Lutheran Malaria Program.

In the photos below, you can see two great examples of environmental management techniques in action.  The ladies in purple are members of the Women's League in one of the Lutheran churches in Zimbabwe. They are demonstrating how churches can take the lead in creating safe environments free from the mosquitoes that carry malaria.

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The second photo depicts Lutheran Malaria Program volunteers working together with the Environmental Management Agency, an arm of the national government, to slash tall grasses where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.

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Of course, environmental management is just one of the great tools that are available to communities for malaria control and prevention.  With support from the ELCA Malaria Campaign, the Lutheran Malaria Program in Zimbabwe is able to promote community-based malaria education and training, distribute insecticide-treated nets, advocate for indoor residual spraying and make sure that communities are supplied with the diagnostic and treatment resources that they need.  

Together, we are making malaria history!