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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

There is hope for malaria elimination in Africa considering the bold steps being taken by a number of countries including Swaziland, that is determined to not only end malaria deaths, but to kick out the disease in 2015, and be the first to do so in sub-Saharan Africa.

There is also some relief in the fact that 5 other countries (Botswana, Cape Verde, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe and South Africa) in sub-Saharan Africa are included in the global list of 34 malaria-eliminating countries.

Through determination and focused leadership, these countries have shown that even before a vaccine is available to help in the fight against malaria, current tools like bed nets, indoor-residual spraying and, in some cases larviciding, can be well co-ordinated to conquer malaria.

It must intrigue other malaria-endemic countries on the continent to see what most of them considered impossible to be possible after all and how the Swazi government made the decision in 2008 to shift its strategy from controlling malaria, to eliminating it.

But, the struggle ahead may not be too daunting if by 2015 the RTS,S malaria vaccine is deployed to enable our infants face the menace until the day of elimination.

In the countries that have elimination within reach, there is abundant evidence of how they took advantage of sophisticated surveillance programmes. They combined high-tech tools, like Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping and active case detection and personal follow-ups at the home of every individual with confirmed malaria. That is how to get rid of the killer of over 600,000 people.

But achieving the mission remains a challenge when governments do not have a clue and fake drugs still abound through the laziness of health workers, drug regulators and the community. There is also the dilemma of countries desiring to use DDT in mosquito control but are deterred by sanctions imposed by development partners.

For many communities in endemic regions, there is great confusion as to how much is demanded of them in the quest to eliminate the disease which has decimated populations.

It is important to spread the message that malaria elimination is possible by simply following the shining examples of the trailblazers, even as we wait for the malaria vaccine.

EDITORIAL TEAM                COUNTRY CO-ORDINATORS

Charity Binka                       Rebecca Chimjeka - Malawi
MANAGING EDITOR            James Addy - Ghana        
Carlton Cofie                        Isaiah Esipisu - Kenya
EDITOR                              Idrissa Ndiaye - Senegal
Eunice Menka                     Mbarwa Kivuyo - Tanzania
ASSISTANT EDITOR           Momodou Faal - Gambia

 

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