Miss Malaika Gets Down On Malaria
 
Posted on: 2008-Jul-18        Showbiz
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For those who were part of the live audience at the National Theatre or
followed the event live on TV, there can be no forgetting that November
night last year when Laurie Naa Lamile Lawson was crowned Miss Malaika
Ghana 2008.

They also cannot forget the passion with which she presented her anti-malaria campaign to help protect children against the disease that kills thousands of people every year in Africa.

True to her word the 21 year old medical student has, within the last eight months, been involved in a number of activities geared towards the cause.

The latest in the string of activities was her five-day anti-malaria campaign in five communities in the Dangme East District of the Greater Accra Region, where she, together with the National Malaria Control Board sensitised the people, mainly mothers, about the causes, prevention and treatment for malaria.

Wherever they visited, Adokope, Elavanyo, Kadzanya, Mantse Kope and Wekumangbe, Laurie and her team went down to business demonstrating how to treat mosquito nets and use them safely to keep out mosquitoes.

To enable the people in each of the communities to better feel the impact of her campaign, Laurie took part in all the drama sketches that were acted and gave out free pre-treated nets to families that did not have any.

Speaking with Laurie after the trip, she said that working with the National Malaria Control Board has indeed been worth it.

“We thoroughly enjoyed working together on this project. The education through drama had a massive impact on the people. In the next few days we will be visiting the Dangme West District to carry out the same exercise”, she said.