World Mosquito Day is celebrated to spread awareness about diseases caused by mosquitoes. Assisting the people to take precautions regarding the spread of Malaria and other deadly diseases caused by mosquitoes is a primary activity for the day.
World Mosquito Day 2021
World Mosquito Day is celebrated on 20th August every year. International Mosquito Day is a great day to recognize the efforts of Sir Ronald Ross. In 1897, Sir Ronald Ross found a groundbreaking discovery that eventually led to the path-breaking connection between mosquitoes and Malaria. Until then, the world was ultimately in the dark about this connection between mosquitoes and the deadly disease caused by them.
World Mosquito Day 2021 – History
World Mosquito Day is celebrated since the year 1930. Major celebrations are held by the London school of hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It’s a known fact that mosquitoes carry with them deadly disease-causing substances. These substances can transmit infections among millions of humans, and mosquito bites are the most common cause of deaths worldwide. For centuries long, the world was unaware that mosquitoes’ female breeds were the carriers and transmitting malaria vectors among humans. Malaria is a life-threatening disease. After Sir Ronald Ross made the path-breaking discovery, he received the Nobel Prize of honour in medicine.
World Mosquito Day 2021 Theme
The theme for World Mosquito Day 2021 is ‘Reaching the zero malaria target’. The theme for the year 2020 was ‘Malaria’. The day is celebrated to appreciate the efforts taken by healthcare officials, NGOs and government agencies in helping people fight against various incurable diseases caused by Malaria. If you’re still wondering why World Mosquito Day is being celebrated the world over despite its deadly characteristics, stop there!
The day is hosted as a celebration for gathering people, educating them, creating awareness and spreading the word about preventing mosquito causing diseases. Many charitable trusts and organisations help distribute mosquito nets, coils and quinine’s to people, especially those families with younger and aged citizens.
World Mosquito Day 2021 – Significance
The need to celebrate Mosquito Day with greater importance and significance is the need of the hour. Prominence to spread awareness about diseases caused by mosquitoes. The general public needs to be educated about healthy living habits and simple ways to avoid mosquito breeding around their homes.
Mosquito menace is a big problem worldwide. A small puddle of stagnant water causes mosquito breeding, leading to an infestation in that area, causing diseases. Malaria, dengue, chikungunya, encephalitis are some of the most common diseases caused by mosquito bites. A simple mosquito bite could act as a carrier of many deadly diseases in humans.
India acts as a favourable breeding ground to many common mosquito species like Anopheles and the Aedes varieties. India is also a prominent hotspot for yellow fever, malaria and dengue cases. To combat this mosquito menace, it becomes crucial to take up measures to increase awareness and reduce mosquito breeding grounds.
World Mosquito Day 2021 Celebrations
Many far off countries in the farther corners of the world like Botswana, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria see a spike in malaria cases by the day. So, the actual work should happen there. People residing there may be uneducated about the various effects of mosquito breeding and diseases caused by them. So, holding awareness campaigns, fundraising activities to uplift these regions may be helpful to many communities.
Fundraising again need not be those boring tents with people waiting for other people to come by and drop in their contributions. There could be campaign centric activities like fun runs, awareness spread through money-raising events etc. Online fundraising is a significant hit world over.
Facts about mosquitoes, malaria, deadly diseases can be discussed with many online communities, and it’s instead a great and innovative way to gather lots of people forums. People can discuss statistics, dangers, protective measures, sufferings, etc.
Another exciting aspect of this celebration could be an exchange of stories for inspiration. People who have suffered in the past but have taken the courage to overcome the situation and emerged victorious in their fights can be brought to forums for telling their stories.
Let us beat the stress of Malaria with mosquito nets, repellents and knowledge to overcome the mosquito menace.