- Siya Kolisi and Saray Khumalo have joined the fight against malaria in a new campaign
- The campaign aims to raise awareness about malaria and fight the disease at the same time as fight Covid-19
- The campaign has persuaded a number of top athletes to come on board and help people see there is more than Covid-19 in the big picture
World Cup-winning South African rugby captain Siya Kolisi and top female South African explorer Saray Khumalo joined a host of global athletes to support the Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign.
With the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, a lot of attention has been taken away from the fight against malaria.
Briefly.co.za learned that the Zero Malaria Starts with Me campaign has gotten some big names on board, besides Kolisi and Khumalo, Kenyan world-record-holding marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge, veteran international footballer Luis Figo, and founder of the first-ever Nigerian bobsled team Seun Adigun.
The idea is to fight both Covid-19 and malaria at the same time.
Dr Abdourahmane Diallo, CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, says: “Malaria does not stop devastating lives during health emergencies and still kills a child every two minutes; indeed, experiences from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa show it can resurge in times of crisis with immediate and deadly consequences.
Covid-19 has exposed weaknesses in health systems around the world and, with lives at risk and resources increasingly stretched, long-term malaria investment alongside short-term Covid-19 response is essential, smart, and cost-effective.”
The Bigger Picture campaign, launching today with Eliud Kipchoge, Siya Kolisi, Saray Khumalo, Luis Figo, and Seun Adigun.
The athletes will film themselves wearing a face mask while they discuss the importance of tackling malaria and saving even more people during the pandemic.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a team of scientists in Kenya has discovered a novel method with significant potential to completely stop mosquitos from transmitting the parasites which cause malaria in humans.
The scientists, most of whom are from Kenya, the UK and one from South Africa were biologists at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi.
Mosquitoes inject their saliva into the skin to facilitate blood-feeding. Their saliva contains plasmodium, which is injected together with the saliva resulting in malaria transmission. Photo: CNN
Briefly.co.za learned that they discovered Microsporidia MB, a microorganism that lives in a mosquito’s reproductive tract and gut and completely protects the mosquito from being infected with plasmodium, the parasite that causes malaria.
In other news, Siya Kolisi doesn't have any plans to take a second wife. The Springbok captain appeared on Somizi's cooking show recently where he shared his thoughts on polygamy.
Somizi asked the star rugby player if he would ever take a second black wife and Kolisi's response had us giggling.
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