Malaria accounts for one death every 30 seconds. Malaria kills more than 1 million people every year. Each year, between 350 million and 500 million people are infected with malaria.
Malaria has been eradicated in many parts of the world but continues to thrive and even grow in other parts, espcially in tropical areas. This anti-malaria campaign focuses on sub-Saharan Africa (where up to 90 per cent of all malaria fatalities occur), on South America, and on South and South-East Asia, where the rates of malaria are alarmingly high.
Malaria is preventable. Although spraying and the development of vaccines show great promise, the easiest and cheapest way to prevent malaria infection is through the use of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed-nets (LLINs) which can last up to 5 years. This campaign promotes the use of nets.
The Buzz and Bite Campaign consists of a series of 30 animated shorts called Public Service Announcements (PSAs). The animated spots, each 1 minute or 30 seconds, are comedic sketches featuring two talking, female anopheles mosquitoes that provide to the viewers a variety of information and messages about the transmission of malaria and about protection against malaria infection. In addition, one spot has been created for non-malaria prevalent countries to encourage the viewers to buy bed-nets for malaria at-risk populations.
The PSAs are being adapted into many languages. Until now, 22 languages have been completed. The Buzz and Bite Campaign currently consists of 662 PSAs. Subject to funding, the goal is to make them available in 40 languages to enable a potential reach of 80% of the world's malaria at-risk population or over 5 billion people in their own language.
The PSAs are available to any television broadcaster, radio station, non-governmental organization (NGO), hospital, doctor, community group, university, school, educator or other user, anywhere in the world, free of charge. Nigeria and Ghana became the first countries in the world to play the Buzz and Bite PSAs on television.
The campaign is strongly supported by Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu who has written an open letter in which he makes "an impassioned plea" to use the Campaign.
The Buzz and Bite Campaign is the creation of Canadian animation producer and director Firdaus Kharas, working with a team of skilled professionals. The series was launched in Ottawa and at the United Nations by Mr. Kharas in advance of the first World Malaria Day, April 25, 2008.
Buzz & Bite Malaria Prevention Campaign
30 animated spots — 5 spots of 60 seconds - 25 spots of 30 seconds
Afrikaans — Amharic — Arabic — Burmese — Chichewa — English (British) — English (Canadian) — English (East African) — English (Mid-Atlantic) — English (South Africa) — Flemish — French (West African) — Haitian Creole — Hindi — Lingala — Luganda — Malagasy (plus 15 local dialects of Madagascar) — Mandarin — Portuguese (Brazil) — Samoan — Somali — Spanish — Swahili — Tagalog — Tigryna
1. Mosquitoes cause malaria
2. Malaria carrying mosquitoes only bite at night
3. Malaria is a preventable disease
4. All people can get malaria
5. Malaria can kill if not treated
6. Malaria is not transmitted by the weather or the spirits
7. Malaria is not transmitted by anything you eat
8. Use a bed net to prevent malaria
9. Use long-lasting, insecticide treated nets
10. Nets should be used every night by everyone
11. Use nets to protect your children
12. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to malaria
13. Nets protect the elderly and the sick
14. The entire community should use nets
15. Hang-up the net well to prevent mosquito entry
16. Nets should fully cover all persons sleeping
17. All treated nets have time limits
18. Use nets only to prevent malaria
19. Nets can be used by more than one person
20. Use nets even when it is hot
21. Use nets indoors and outdoors
22. Wash nets carefully
23. Wash treated nets only when necessary
24. Avoid big holes
25. Nets are safe for children
26. Free or bought nets are effective
27. Use a free net
28. Bed nets are available
29. Find out where to get a net
30. Find out when to get yours