1st Ngorongoro marathon – the race against Malaria

April 23, 2008 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

After the run, the participants receive water and energy cookies, and get to know their result. In total, there were 171 participants, 4 of them females. 

The winner and 2nd and 3rd placed, along with the director of the Minnesota International Health Volunteers (on the left), and on the right the regional commissioner of Arusha and the district commissioner of Karatu. The medals had been donated by ZARA Tours and Highview Hotel.

Leila Ansell, director of Highview Hotel, along with ZARA and Highview staff who were helping with the organisation and infrastructure of the event.

The first Ngorongoro marathon which was proudly sponsored by ZARA and supported by ZARA manpower took place on March 21st, 2008. The run was arranged by Minnesota International Health Volunteers (MIHV) and had 171 active participants, four of them were females, making  their way through one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth, from Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Crater. MIHV hopes the race will become an annual tradition and bring in thousands of participants in the coming years.

The race had the purpose to raise funds for the fight against malaria. Although there are the means to both prevent and treat malaria, the disease remains the number one killer in Tanzania and kills one child every thirty seconds. Malaria can also have debilitating effects for the survivors. Women, who become infected during pregnancy run the risk of having low birth weight babies, may suffer from anemia, premature births, birth defects, still births and spontaneous abortions. Young children can be left with neurological after-effects and learning disabilities.

MIHV is implementing a five-year Child Survival Project, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). MIHV has an innovative approach to promoting child and maternal health, which includes establishing Survive & Thrive Groups, which are support groups for single, young mothers to encourage healthy behavior; MAISHA (Men Active in Sustaining Health Action – Kiswahili for “life”), a program which strives to inform and involve taxi drivers as emergency transport to health facilities and encourages them to convey health messages to their passengers, family and friends; and Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Centers, which will provide confidential counseling centers for mothers where they can learn about nutrition, breastfeeding and how to help prevent endemic childhood diseases, like diarrheal diseases, respiratory infections and malaria.

http://www.mihv.org/

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