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Kingsley Holgate supports Malaria prevention

Kingsley Holgate sitting with mother and twins
Kingsley Holgate
Kingsley Holgate is considered one of Africa’s most colourful modern-day explorers and the most travelled man in Africa, a humanitarian adventurer, author, TV Personality and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

His humanitarian adventures, many of which are world firsts, have included:

A Cape Town to Cairo crossing of Africa in open boats, the Zambezi and Congo Rivers in the footsteps of Livingstone and Stanley, and a circumnavigation of Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake in the footsteps of Count Teleki.

He has sailed the Makgadigadi Salt Pans in land yachts and in another expedition called ‘Extreme Latitude’ they travelled on foot, by bicycle, bullock cart, dugout canoe and Land Rover circumnavigating the globe by land following the Tropic of Capricorn.

Kingsley and his family have survived countless attacks of Malaria, the threat of bandits, wild animals and the danger of unexploded landmines.

Their year long “African Rainbow” expedition to the Somali border and back in an Arab sailing dhow allowed them to distribute tens of thousands of mosquito nets to pregnant mothers and to children under the age of five.

‘We have modern drugs to treat ourselves with but what about those that don’t, mothers and children whose lives could be saved by the use of a simple mosquito net.’

In 2010, they went further by becoming a partner of United Against Malaria through the 2010 United Against Malaria Expedition which departed from Lesedi Cultural Village situated within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, on World Malaria Day Sunday 25th April 2010.

‘It’s like a thud to a heart when you get to a village, a child screaming, the mother not knowing what to do, miles away by dugout canoe to the nearest clinic and when you think that their lives can be kept safe with a simple mosquito net. That’s why we do what we can to help.
Kingsley on World Malaria Day 2012:

Malaria is an ancient disease. The Greeks were well acquainted with malaria from about 500BC, and famous victims are said to have included Alexander the Great and the Egyptian boy king Tutankhamen.  

And to think that this killer disease in this day and age of modern medicine and vaccines is still around with this little she-devil of a female Anopheles mosquito continuing to kill so many people.

But a lot of good work has been done. In Africa, malaria deaths have been reduced by more than 30%, that’s why World Malaria Day is so important. We need to sustain the gains, keep on saving lives and continue to invest in malaria control, so as to ensure a maximum reduction in malaria deaths by 2015 as a major step towards ultimately eradicating the disease in its entirety.

But we can only achieve this if we all take up the fight against this silent killer.
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