Malaria: Artemisia planting in the Making More Health house
Our Artemisia farming training has started in the Making More Health house in Webuye and four more locations in Western Kenya. This region is prone to malaria; most people suffer from it, while access to health facilities is another problem. Since Mosquitoes are a vital vector of malaria, it is essential to keep homes free of mosquitoes. Artemisia can be quite a helpful plant in this endeavor. Whenever Artemisia is planted into the compound, it repels mosquitoes, and when it is taken as a tea after processing, it enhances the human immune system. Furthermore, the number of mosquito bites is reduced as the skin pores release a smell to expel the mosquitoes.
Soon the first Artemisia plants will be ready for transplanting
Some of the participants from the albinism communities and other smallholder farmers have already started, and the first results are visible. However, the Artemisia plants are fragile and continuous care is needed. Who wants to learn more can watch this video from our partner La Maison de l’Artemisia.
Shared knowledge pays off
The members are very active and share in a chat room their results and questions – about growth and when to transplant, about soil issues and natural pesticides.
“Does anyone know about this plant?” asks a participant and shares a picture. “I would like to make sure it is suitable with Artemisia, both in terms of “agriculture” and toxicity for the future medicine.”
The farming training and awareness about Artemisia as an anti-malaria plant has been launched during World Malaria Day a few weeks back. Everyone also got some already grown and dried Artemisia leaves to start to prepare the infusion right now.