VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
Malaria: A battle of life and death
August 20, 2012 by Peter Biro
|In an effort to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the IRC carries out regular indoor and outdoor spraying. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC|
Naw Pho Chit, a refugee from Myanmar, knows all too well the dangers of malaria. Her five-year-old nephew recently fell ill and almost died from the tropical disease, which is widespread in northwestern Thailand where some 140,000 refugees live in camps. So when a team of health workers from the International Rescue Committee showed up at her thatched hut in the Tham Hin camp, she listened carefully as they explained how she and her family could avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite.
Naw Pho Chit, a resident of Tham Hin camp, puts up a mosquito net given to her by the IRC.
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC