Hello! This is Kitty! Let me start with a quiz. Q: What is the deadliest animal in the world, in regards to humans? Final answer? Yes! I think it has surprised you. Do you know the answer? The answer is … a mosquito. Every year, as many as 830,000 people lose their lives to the disease carried by mosquitoes. Next question! Based on this fact, do you know what day today, April 25, is? Final answer! The answer is … “World Malaria Day”. Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease. It is one of the three major infectious diseases in the world, along with AIDS and tuberculosis. It is prevalent in tropical areas such as Africa and Southeast Asia Furthermore, their habitats are expanding due to the global warming. Today is the day which express the stakeholder’s determination to eliminate malaria by 2030. So, this time, I would like to investigate various things while being aware of the goal of SDGs No. 3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages” So today, I came here to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine. I’m going to meet a person called the “Malaria Director” who knows a lot about malaria. Excuse me. Wow-great! Malaria Director, nice to meet you. Nice to meet you too. I’m so amazed by this room! These things are just left here as it’s difficult to get everything organized… To start with, please tell me what kind of disease malaria is. Well, Kitty, please come here. I have something that I want to show you. Now, I’ll show you red blood cells infected with the malaria parasites. Each of these round things is a red blood cell, and this round, ring like thing you can see in the red blood cell is a pathogen called the malaria parasite. What happens to people infected with this? You shake and your body temperature rises to about 40°C. It is called “chill and rigor”. And you get a headache. There is only one type of scary malaria parasite that has a 100% mortality rate. The death rate is 100%! It’s a scary disease. But are there people who are infected with malaria in Japan now? Currently, there is no one infected with malaria in Japan. We had the last malaria-infected person in Japan in around 1960. Since then, no one has been infected in Japan for 60 years. Then, it is a disease that has nothing to do with Japanese people, right? As long as you are living in Japan, it doesn’t seem to matter. However, there are still many endemic places in the world. There are people who travel abroad mainly to the tropics and get infected. Or there is an increasing number of travelers coming to Japan from all over the world, and there is a concern that such people will bring malaria pathogens into Japan. Wow-that’s disastrous! Then what should we do to avoid being infected with malaria? First of all, it is of the utmost importance not to be bitten by mosquitoes. A company in Japan is leading the field in malaria control around the world with a very important innovation. So, what do you think it is? Oh, no! Are you going to give me a quiz right at the beginning? It is something made by a Japanese manufacturer for the world’s malaria control… Ah! Isn’t it a mosquito coil? Final answer? Yes, final answer. Sorry, not correct. You can actually visit that company and see it. Oh, aren’t you going to show me the answer? No, not now. Here is the manufacturer that the Malaria Director told me to visit. I would like to ask the person in charge to tell me the correct answer. Actually, this is it! What’s this? This is a mosquito net, but it is different from the normal ones. This is a special mosquito net, into which an insecticidal component is incorporated. Oh, that’s great. When mosquitoes touch here, they get affected and they become unable to take blood. Eventually, the mosquitoes drop and die. Currently, about 200 million of them are distributed per year. In the decrease of malaria patients since 2000, about two-thirds of this decrease of malaria patients is said to be due to the contribution of this mosquito net. Wow, that’s awesome! Each of these development programs plays a role in protecting the health of many people. “Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for each and every one”
HELLO KITTY’S SDGS SONG GOAL 3 Hello! Kitty supports the SDGs! What I’d like to achieve by 2030 Ensure healthy lives for everyone around the world End communicable diseases and if everyone gets well The world can be happy and rich Goal 3 of SDGs is “Support healthy lives” Spread knowledge and technology Let’s go forward into the future! Hello! Kitty supports the SDGs!