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  • 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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High profile power against malaria

As the world hurtles towards the 2015 target to end malaria deaths, one formidable African lady has received the nod to lead the effort to end malaria deaths on the continent.

This lady has in the space of a few months won a presidential election, got a Nobel Prize in the bag and obviously leading the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) to the bank.

President Sirleaf inherits a malaria campaign that has made significant progress, yet faces real challenges in terms of funding.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a 33% decrease in malaria deaths in Africa over the last decade. Despite this progress, the current global funding crisis – as evidenced by the postponement of the Global Fund Round 11 – threatens momentum.

The first female elected head of state in Africa echoes the words of her predecessor and founding Chairperson of ALMA, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania, that this funding deficit threatens the momentum in the fight against malaria.

For that purpose, ALMA will use World Bank IDA allocations to protect health gains and prevent the resurgence of malaria.

“The malaria campaign is emerging as a standout success in the effort to improve the health and welfare of mothers and children, but we cannot lose focus now,” said President Sirleaf.

“There is a moral and economic imperative to fill the malaria funding gap.”

ALMA members have made a commitmentto allocate 15 per cent of public sector budgets to health, as spelt out in the Abuja Declaration.

There is also the resolve to deepen Africa’s commitment to transparency through the ALMA Scorecard for Accountability and Action, an innovative tool that tracks progress across key health indicators.

Seven ALMA member countries –Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda,

and Tanzania – have received special recognition for removing all taxes and tariffs on malaria-related commodities, banning dangerous monotherapy treatments, or on making significant progress on malaria control.

The ALMA Scorecard showed that malaria-prone countries like Gambia, Cameroon and Sierra Leone are not on track regarding malaria taxes and tariffs advocacy and removal.

Even the flaunted destinations like Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Senegal have merely banned oral artemisinin-based monotherapy.  In terms of removing taxes and tariffs on all malaria commodities, these countries are not pulling their weight for all the insight they have on the negative effect of these taxes and tariffs.

Ironically, Liberia, the seat of the Chair of ALMA, is still in the wilderness as far as removal of taxes and tariffs on anti-malaria commodities is concerned. The country has no data at all on tariffs advocacy but is reported to have banned monotherapies.

Maybe what ALMA can do to quicken the pace of tax waivers on malaria commodities is to have proactive local officers in member countries to lobby parliament to expedite action on removing these barriers to malaria control.

President Kikwete, the founding Chairperson of ALMA has done a great job by giving the malaria menace a high profile attention with suchvision, leadership and service.

In his words “We have come a long way in the fight against malaria. Many challenges lie ahead, but working with partners, we will continue our progress toward creating an Africa where no one dies of a mosquito bite.”

During Kikwete’s two-year tenure, Africa has witnessed an unprecedented increase in the delivery and use of life-saving tools like insecticide-treated mosquito nets, targeted spraying, rapid diagnostic tests and effective treatments, including preventative care during pregnancy.

This was made possible thanks to the generous support of the American people and institutions like the World Bank and the Global Fund.

The ALMA membership of African heads of state and government is working to end malaria-related deaths on the continent.

It seems a great choice to make the powerful Liberian woman the leader of the African political fight against malaria because the worst victims of the killer disease are mothers and children.

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