Mosquitos kill !

My name is Miradi and I am a young reporter from Kinshasa. I am 15 years old.

I want to talk about malaria because the disease causes many fatalities among Congolese children, especially those under the age of 5.

My fellow young reporters from Kinshasa and I went out on the ground to report on the matter. We met with several children, both boys and girls, and discussed it with them.

The fact is that many children suffer from malaria, either because they have no insecticide-treated mosquito nets or because they do not use them properly. In the DRC, mosquitoes develop mainly because of the heat and humidity, but also because of poor sanitation which fosters stagnant water that mosquitos are particularly attracted to. The mosquito that transmits malaria kills an African child every minute (WHO).

Yet Article 24 of the Convention on the Right of the Child states that every child has a right to better health. For us, this responsibility lies with both the parents and the government. It is up to them to help us fight against malaria, which prevents children from growing up and having a good future.

We ask the government to provide insecticide-treated nets to everyone and to raise awareness among parents about hygiene in the home and the proper use of insecticide-treated nets.

In this way we think we can defeat malaria, kill the mosquito and ensure a better future for Congolese children.

Do you know that malaria is specially dangerous for children and pregnant women ? Learn more about what UNICEF does to protect them:

Mosquito Net : The Best Vaccine against Malaria

Unsung heroes fighting malaria and maternal mortality

Photo: UNICEF RDC 2014 Benoît Almeras.
Infographics : UNICEF RDC 2015 Natalia Rodriguez.
Translated from French by Timothy Barnes.

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Passionné de dessin, Miradi a 13 ans et étudie au Collège Saint Joseph à Kinshasa. Plus tard, il voudrait être archéologue ou chercheur scientifique. Pour lui, être enfant reporter “c’est avant tout défendre les droits des autres enfants”.

Passionate about drawing, Miradi, 13 years old, is studying at Saint Joseph High School in Kinshasa. In the future, he would like to be an archaeologist or research scientist. To him, being a child reporter ‘is above all defending the rights of other children’.

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