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TIPS ON MALARIA

  • HOW CAN MOSQUITOES BE CONTROLLED?

    Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding. Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways.

  • HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM MOSQUITO-BORN DISEASES?

    The best way is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.This can be accomplished using personal protecting  while outdoors when mosquitoes are present. Treated bed nets should be used sleeping. Mosquito repellent should be used when outdoor.

  • WHO ARE AT RISK?


    Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of getting malaria. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria. Children under 5 years are at high risk of malaria.
     

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Editorial

On April 25, 2011, the global community focused once again on malaria, the age-old disease which can be prevented and treated, yet continues to claim many lives in Africa. The theme for World Malaria Day 2011, “Achieving Progress and Impact,” was appropriate as it marks a period of necessary action to scale-up efforts towards achieving near- zero malaria deaths by 2015.

African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN) shares in the optimism of African scientists, the donor community and stakeholders, that malaria can be pushed out of Africa.

Eleven years ago, 40 African Heads of State made a declaration in Abuja, Nigeria to reduce the malaria burden on the continent by setting targets. The 2005 and 2010 targets have been missed by many countries. These countries are also likely to miss the 2015 targets unless conscious efforts are made to achieve a Universal Coverage of essential malaria interventions.

The continued existence of taxes and tariffs on commodities for malaria control exposes the half-hearted approach to tackle malaria by the very countries susceptible to the disease. Taxes and tariffs and non-tariff measures make these life-saving products unaffordable to the poor and vulnerable. This is ironic because malaria is a disease of the poor.

The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) which was formed in 2009 is expected to give the anti-malaria struggle a high profile and urgency in order to succeed. The call to ALMA is to implement regulatory and policy issues at country level to deal with the problem of taxes and tariffs on malaria commodities and the banning of monotherapies that are no longer effective in curing malaria. Perhaps three years is too short to a
time to judge the performance of the ALMA.

A vaccine for malaria is on the horizon because 2011 is the year in which researchers of RTS,S, the most advanced malaria candidate vaccine are expected to present an initial data on their findings to local Food and Drugs Boards and international regulatory bodies to review. If all goes well the vaccine could be available for targeted use as early as 2013 among young children aged 5 to 17 months.

As we step up efforts in dealing with malaria, after the celebration of this year's World Malaria Day, AMMREN salutes all those working tirelessly to eliminate malaria from Africa.

Editorial Team
Mrs Charity Binka    - Managing Editor
Carlton Cofie           - Editor
Eunice Menka         - Assistant Editor
Charles Okwaning   - Editorial Assistant

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