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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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Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria (RBM) and Dr Elizabeth Juma, Manager of the Kenya National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) have both paid their dues and are now taking a bow.

These two “warriors” have between them volumes of testimonies to show that the battle against malaria, though very daunting, can be won.

Apart from the excitement that greeted the announcement of initial RTS,S malaria candidate vaccine results at the Seattle Forum in October was the roll-call of the crème de la crème of malaria researchers, scientists and global development partners among others.

One personality who stood out at this parade of malaria experts was an African woman, mother, doctor and former Minister of Health in Senegal, Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck.

She received a standing ovation after her presentation on the action plan of the RBM partnership which has seen the great results against malaria.

Over the years, Prof Coll - Seck has driven a global public- private partnership that coordinates the efforts of hundreds of stakeholders, including multilateral donor agencies to scale up the prevention, diagnostic, and treatment programs, also to develop new tools to control and eliminate malaria.

With the advent of RBM in 1998, strategies for addressing malaria were clarified and mechanisms established to improve coordination between partners in endemic countries and at the international level. Vigorous advocacy efforts gave renewed visibility to

This was achieved though prompt access to effective treatment, malaria prevention through vector control, particularly the use of bed nets, management of malaria in pregnant women and infants as well as effective response to malaria in epidemic and complex emergencies. The idea being that malaria, one of the deadliest and economically most devastating of all tropical diseases, could be effectively controlled with the tools and strategies currently available.

But the standing ovation for Prof Coll-Seck had more to do with her imminent departure from the high office of the RBM partnership, as she hinted she would not be renewing her contract when it expires in 2011.

Her personal call to all stakeholders in malaria was to increase funding to strengthen health systems, develop new tools and preserve the existing ones in an effort to contain the complex challenges posed by malaria.

On World Malaria Day 2011, Prof Coll-Seck was named one of the “Champions to End Malaria” during a photo exhibition at the United Nations headquarters honouring their work and the progress made toward ridding the world of malaria.

Another such “Champion to End Malaria” is Dr Elizabeth Juma. Those who have followed events in East Africa and Kenya in particular will always associate her name with the regular warning to “ Avoid mosquito bites and use bed nets, and once suspicious of malaria, confirm it with rapid diagnostic kits before taking the artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT).”

Of course, part of her admonition was always laced with the good news that “the malaria map of Kenya is shrinking.”

Dr Juma was the programme manager of the Kenyan National Malaria Control Programme from September 2008 to September 2011 having been seconded there for a period of three years from the Kenya Medical Research Institute. She took over from Dr. Willis Akhwale who had been appointed to head the department of disease prevention and control.

At the national programme the professional epidemiologist helped in the development of a National Malaria Policy and policy implementation guidelines for all intervention areas as well as develop a National Malaria Strategic Plan and Monitoring and Evaluation plan for the global malaria action plan.

Among the achievements of Dr Juma is being the coordinator of the Kenya malaria programme review, one of the first global malaria programme reviews. She was also part of the team that developed the WHO guidelines for malaria programme reviews. Dr. Elizabeth Juma led an effort to distribute insecticide treated nets to about 22 million Kenyans over a six month period.

During Dr Juma's tenure of office Kenya achieved universal coverage with vector control interventions for population at risk and universal access to free or affordable treatment with ACTs in 2010-2011.

Her co-ordination led to a successful partnership in malaria control in Kenya including bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, programmes including maternal and child health, research and academic institutions, civil society, faith based organizations, private sector agencies and communities.

With the fight against malaria now receiving additional fillip and urgency, these two prominent malaria personalities can be optimistic that the elimination of malaria in Africa is possible in this lifetime.

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