• Latest News - April 25, 2014

    Marking World Malaria Day

    On World Malaria Day we look at how our interactive games are educating children and young people in how to prevent malaria – and having great success.

    Malaria is a life-threatening disease, affecting between 300 and 500 million people every year and causing between one and three million deaths annually, mostly among young children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    A group of children play Mosquito Tag

    It is a preventable disease, and educating children and young people is one of the most effective ways of reducing incidences and saving lives.

    At Right To Play, we use a simple and fun game called Mosquito Tag to teach children and young people about how they can take preventative measures against malaria.

    Using groups of six or more children, the aim is to run away from the ‘infection’ before it tags you. If tagged, or ‘infected’, children must freeze and act out symptoms of malaria (for example: shivering or being sick) until a ‘doctor’ comes along with a ball which represents malarial medicine and heals them.

    Used widely across our programs in areas at high risk of malaria, Mosquito Tag has successfully educated thousands of children and young people. In Uganda, 84% of children who have attended our programs sleep under a mosquito net compared to 10% among those who haven’t.