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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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Tenth Edition Editorial

There is a pressing need to meet 2015 targets to end the deaths from malaria. This explains the timeliness of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm).

It drives a financial mechanism under which artemisinim-based combination therapies (ACTs), bearing the green leaf logo for easy recognition, are subsidized to help expand access to efficacious anti-malarials.

The initiative was to enable countries to increase the provision of affordable artemisinin-based combination therapies, ACTs through the public, private and NGO sectors.

AMFm was expected to save lives and reduce the use of less-effective treatments to which malaria parasites have grown resistant. Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and Cambodia benefited from the pilot phase which ended in 2012.

Like all time-bound initiatives, there was the need to take stock. The results of the stock taking last year, clearly indicated that there was the need to re- strategise and to re-focus.

The project is now running a transition till 2014 to ensure that access to quality ACTs in AMFm pilot countries is not “disrupted.”

During the transition year, the pilot countries will have a defined funding allocation to support private sector cost sharing and each country will determine the parameters under which that funding is utilized.

The new model of AMFm, when it starts in 2014, will be without the separate fund set aside to subsidize private sector ACTs to enhance accessibility.

Some fear that this may cause a situation where countries that are not successful with their grants, get no bail out. This is seen by observers as a setback.

With less than two years to meet the 2015 scientists and development partners across the world are working tirelessly to meet the set targets to end deaths from malaria.

We believe malaria can be eliminated and nothing should be allowed to derail the course. It is time for action.

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

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