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Technology as panacea to global malaria pandemic


Today, Malaria is the leading cause of death for children under age five in sub-Saharan Africa. It is the predominant killer of pregnant women and their unborn children. Malaria costs Africa an estimated $12 billion in economic productivity each year. This makes malaria a big subject, a cause for International worry and attention for action. For the above reasons, the United Nations has placed fighting and eradicating malaria as one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations (UN).

Each year one million of the 300 to 500 million cases of malaria result in death – most of them occurring in Africa. Nigeria accounts for over 300,000 deaths yearly, meaning that the health profile of Nigerians is therefore in great danger.

According to Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, every 45 seconds, a child dies of Malaria in Africa.

 

Overview of scourge

Malaria is a major public health problem in Nigeria, where it accounts for more cases and deaths than any other country in the world.

Malaria is a risk for 97 per cent of Nigeria’s population. The remaining three per cent of the population live in the malaria free highlands.

There is an estimated 100 million malaria cases with over 300,000 deaths per year in Nigeria. This compares with 215,000 deaths per year in Nigeria from Human Immuno Virus/ Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS).

Malaria contributes to an estimated 11 per cent of maternal mortality.

Global picture of pandemic

Malaria is a preventable and curable infectious disease. It is caused by the Plasmodium parasite transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito. More than one million of the 300 to 500 million cases of malaria each year result in death.

Malaria affects 3.3 billion people, or half of the world’s population, in106 countries and territories.

World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 216 million cases of malaria occurred in 2010, 81 per cent in the African region.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates there were 655,000 malaria deaths in 2010, 91 per cent in the African Region, and 86 per cent were children under five years of age.

Malaria is the third leading cause of death for children under five years worldwide, after pneumonia and diarrheal disease. Malaria in Africa

Thirty countries in Sub-Saharan Africa account for 90 per cent of global malaria deaths.

Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, and Uganda account for nearly 50 per cent of the global malaria deaths.

Malaria is the 2nd leading cause of death from infectious diseases in Africa, after HIV/AIDS.

 

Mobile software as panacea

According to Bill Gates III of Gates & Melinda Foundation, more than 80 per cent of the Malaria related deaths in Africa are caused by sheer ignorance and lack of visionary commitment by policy makers. Mobile Software Solutions Limited – a Nigerian IT Start-up has therefore effectively responded to this challenge by conceptualising and originating the Malaria Destroyer Game (MDG) “capable of reaching over 50 million people in Nigeria and 500 million in Africa.

MDG is a technology and education based mobile apps psycho-game designed to save future generations from the malaria pandemic in Nigeria/Africa by eradicating mosquitoes and by extension destroying the Malaria pandemic.

MDG is originated and designed by Mobile Software Solutions Limited, a Start up company chaired by Chris Uwaje, Fellow of the Nigerian Computer Society, a veteran ICT Professional and the pioneer of National IT Policy for Nigeria.

The major goal of the company chaired by Chris Uwaje, is to ensure that Nigeria attains a fundamental requirement of the United Nations MDG of eradicating malaria from the country.

 

Objectives of game

The central objective of MDG  is to deploy and apply Technology capability to reach millions of people world-wide and destroy Malaria – more than any other solution has ventured to date. It is a digital knowledge-entertainment and educational mobile psycho-Game. MDG is endorsed by the United Nations (UNESCO Chair on e-Learning for Africa), Open Media, Limited, Centre for Values and Leadership, University of Tampere, Finland and others too numerous to mention.

The Application/solution is geared towards the eradication of malaria in Africa and globally, its central focus is to ensure that Nigeria attains a fundamental requirement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  MDGTM strategy aims to reduce the cost of lost productivity in Nigeria/Africa, by 50 per cent by 2015.

The stack version of the application is designed to reach about 50 million people in Nigeria, 150 million in West Africa and over 500 million in Africa.

 

Aims of game

MDG aims to bring more to intuition, the awareness on how to fight/eradicate mosquitoes from our environment thereby preventing malaria and early death of African Children.

To amplify this concern and critical message, Mobile Software Solution on Thursday,   February 6, 2014 unveiled Professor Pat Utomi as the MDG  Face of  Africa at the 11th Annual Lecture of the Centre for Values and leadership (CVL), held at the Institute of International Affairs, Lagos.

The event which had as its theme: ‘Leadership and the scourge of poverty in Africa’, saw all the keynote speakers blaming lack of vision and mission of Africa’s past leaders for the underdevelopment, backwardness, diseases and other troubles of the continent.

The Malaria Destroyer Game is a full graphics animated mobile game which runs across all mobile platforms (Apple IOS, Andriod, Blackberry, Symbian and others); originated, designed and developed indigenously by Mobile Software Solutions Limited.

 

Implementation strategy

MDG App is to be deployed online to reach 50 to 250 million mobile phones and offline on personal computers and tablets. It is also targeted to reach 20 to 50 million students in tertiary institutions in Africa. MDG is the ultimate malaria monster killer.

It is a digital knowledge-entertainment and educational mobile psycho-Game. MDG is endorsed by the United Nations (UNESCO Chair on e-Learning for Africa), Open Media, Limited, Centre for Values and Leadership, University of Tampere, Finland and others too numerous to mention.

The stack version of the Application is designed to reach about 50 million people in Nigeria, 150 million in West Africa and over 500 million in Africa.

Consequently, the ultimate goal of MDG  is to deploy and apply technology tools to reach millions of people worldwide and destroy malaria,  more than any other solution has done to date.

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