World Mosquito Day is annually observed on August 20. Mosquito Day is commemorated and celebrated to mark the historic discovery that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans made by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross. World Mosquito Day aims in bringing awareness to people from all over the world about the causes of malaria disease, its effects, preventive measures, and help in raising funds for research related on how to cure malaria, an infectious disease. Celebrating this day is worth noting fact as it provides useful information to one’s surrounding on how to stay out of malaria.
“Controlling mosquitos is tough. It’s not quick; it’s not easy. It requires work day in and day out to track where mosquitos are and to apply safely the appropriate mosquito control methods.” – Tom Frieden
History of World Mosquito Day
The origin and history of World Mosquito Day date back to some hundreds of years before. The day was officially established and first observed by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross ever since 1897. Having crossed more than 120 years, Doctor Ross is responsible for the annual observance of World Mosquito Day. He declared the commemoration of the day once after his discovery which proved that the female Anopheles mosquitoes were the reason for malaria transmit between the humans. The discovery of Ross had laid a firm foundation for scientists from all over the world to understand the mosquito’s deadly role in disease transmission better. It had further brought out much more efficient innovations and interventions on how to deal with the mosquitoes. So the aim and motto of this day are to put in some form of awareness amongst the people about the cause of malaria and its prevention methods. Furthermore, the celebration marks the tribute to the groundbreaking work of Sir Ross and other colleagues who followed him to bring out its deadly impact. Malaria is an infectious disease caused by parasitic protozoans.
The disease was widespread in both tropical and subtropical regions including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Till 1897, people had neither known how malaria was transmitted, nor how to treat and combat the disease. But his discovery had brought a solution to humankind. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine holds the celebration of Mosquito Day every year. The ceremony takes place as a tradition that dates back to as early as the 1930s, and it also includes events like parties and exhibitions. It is designed for both the purpose of entertainment and to make them aware that is a curable infectious disease. Malaria No More’s ‘Mozzy Air’ campaign is a part of the celebration that will encourage people to take antimalarial vaccination when flying to malaria-prone zones. Nothing But Nets’ Twitter campaigns will provide mosquito nets for those poor communities as an aid in helping them stay away from malaria.
Other Celebrations on August 20
August 20 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate World Mosquito Day
World Mosquito Day can be better celebrated in many ways. The first way is to get indulging yourself to raise awareness among the people about the spread of malaria. You can even provide individuals in the areas prone to mosquitoes with nets, coils, refills, repellents that will prevent them from malaria infection. Educate individuals that the disease is a curable one when treated in the right way to reduce the death of people who die due to malaria. Post your World Mosquito Day celebration pictures on social media using the hashtag #WorldMosquitoDay.
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