Africa escalates fight against malaria - CNBC Africa

Africa escalates fight against malaria

Special Report

by Trust Matsilele 0

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working to develop transmission-blocking vaccines of malaria.

Africa’s Heads of State are escalating their fight against Malaria to ensure the region eradicates the spread over the next decade. In 2015, the region was home to 89 per cent of malaria cases and 91 per cent of malaria deaths.

However the region has made progress in eradicating the Malaria related deaths. Since 2000, malaria mortality rates in Africa have fallen by 66 per cent among all age groups and by 71 per cent among children under five.

The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) recently recognised innovation and progress in the malaria fight which kills thousands every year.

According to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, an estimated 207 million people suffered from the disease in 2012, and about 627,000 died.

“The African continent has demonstrated innovation primarily in the area of accountability and ensuring partnerships are monitored,” this is according to Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary of ALMA.

“The African Heads of States have established a monitoring and accountability tool that ensures that all special interventions against malaria are monitored in every country and reported on quarterly basis,” she added.

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“There has been consensus among the head of states in as far as manufacturing of insecticides, capacity building and creation of an enabling environment.”

Phumaphi said all bottlenecks were addressed and where solutions are not found, technical support had been sought to find solutions in the fight against malaria.

“Both private and public sectors are extremely important in fighting malaria through interventions in policy reform, research and development.  We have a factory in Tanzania that has created over 20 thousand jobs and focuses on the production of long lasting insecticides,” she said. 

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