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Bicycles to Help in the Fight Against Malaria

In Uganda 110,000 bicycles are being drafted in to help to fight the spread of malaria.

PRLog - Sep. 14, 2011 - Officials have come up with a new plan to fight malaria in Uganda and they plan on using bicycles to stop this disease and other diseases from spreading.

The plan involves distributing 110,000 bicycles to health teams in villages across the country. These bicycles will enable health teams to perform case management of diseases and react to emergency cases.

The bicycles are being given out alongside boxes of medicine and T-shirts. It is thought that having these bicycles will help health teams to combat malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea and reduce the number of people dying from these conditions each year.

The Director General of Health Services stated that this bicycle project started in July 2011 and is set to end in October 2011. Hopefully theft won’t become a problem, as it has done in the UK and as a consequence companies like http://www.ukbicycleinsurance.co.uk are almost essential.

All of the bicycles that are being distributed were purchased by the Global Fund under Round 4 Phase 2, and this purchase was agreed by Dr John Ezati who is the planning and development boss of the Health Ministry.

The Health Ministry have stated that these health teams are particularly experienced in managing fevers and malaria using home based methods which means they can get to areas quickly and people who are ill do not have to be moved.

Currently all of these teams are made up of volunteers and the end is to promote well-being and health to members of the villages that they are working with. Right now it is pregnant women and children that are five years old and under who are under the greatest threat of malaria.

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