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    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.


    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.


    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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INDEPTH Edition Editorial

Africa  has   come   under   scrutiny again  as  she battles  to  bring malaria  deaths to  near-zero  by 2015. This is the target of the Roll Back  Malaria partnership. Observers are wondering why instead of acting swiftly to eliminate malaria, the African Union Commission  (AUC) is  shifting  the  goal- posts with talk about  so-called post-2015 Development Agenda,  the  new Strategic Plan  2014-2017   and   the  African Union Agenda 2063.

After the failure of the famous Abuja declaration to commit  more  resources to malaria,  African leaders recently  held  a special  summit  dubbed  “Abuja+12”  to make a commitment to eradicate malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.

A few countries  have  kept  Africa's hope alive owing to the 50% reduction in malaria cases and deaths. Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea,  Madagascar, Namibia,  Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia deserve our applause for showing commitment to eliminate  malaria  from Africa. They have shown  that  malaria  can  be  eradicated if African leaders are  committed  to it. A lot more  commitment is however  needed to kick out malaria from Africa.

The INDEPTH Network stands out in this endeavour. When the story of malaria elimination is told in years  to come,  it will not  be  complete without mentioning  the tremendous contribution  of the INDEPTH Network.  Founded in 1998  the  Network has  served  as  the  umbrella  organization for  a  group   of  independent  research centres operating health and demo- graphic surveillance systems (HDSS) sites in  low-  and   middle-income  countries (LMICs) with 41 members in 20 LMICs in Africa, Asia and Oceania, the Network has particularly excelled in its work in malaria.

A review of INDEPTH network's  contribution to malaria research for the period 1998 to 2009 alone has  uncovered a vast body of knowledge on the changing patterns in transmission; incidence of clinical disease in some  sites  in sub-Saharan Africa, and the  significant  impact  of malaria  control interventions such  as  insecticide  Treated Bed  nets   (ITNs) and   Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies (ACTs).

INDEPTH Network deserves commendation for the key role it is playing to create  a common plat form for research and capacity strengthening of scientists in Africa, Asia and Oceania proving that malaria prevention and control is possible using prevention and control tools like bed nets, indoor residual spraying and ACTs.

Editorial team
Charity Binka - Managing Editor
Carlton Cofie - Editor
Eunice Menka - Assistant Editor

Country Co-ordinators
Rebecca Chimjeka                                        Malawi
James Addy                                                 Ghana
Isaiah Esipisu                                               Kenya
Idrissa Ndiaye                                              Senegal
Mbarwa Kivuyo                                             Tanzania
Momodou  Faal                                            Gambia