Malaria is still a growing concern. Urgent action is needed to bring back the fight against the outbreak of malaria.
As reported by World Health Organization (WHO), the number of malaria-related deaths "remained practically unchanged in the previous year".
It is expected that 435,000 deaths will be recorded in 2017.
Key messages on World Malaria Day 2019
The child dies of malaria every two minutes. More than 200 million cases are reported each year. And although the prevalence of the disease increases, these deaths can be prevented.
Mobilize additional resources
There are major gaps when it comes to access to basic tools for the fight against, detection, prevention and treatment of malaria. However, funding to combat malaria remains largely unchanged.
In 2017, only 3.1 billion dollars were available for global programs to control and eliminate malaria. This was well below the target of financing the Global Technical Strategy (GTS) for 2020 of 6.6 billion dollars.
In addition to funding, strategic information is needed to achieve impact as well as a coordinated national response to malaria and better guidance when it comes to policies and strategies.
In addition, new chemical compositions are being developed to reduce the threat of insecticide resistance, as well as new strategies to improve delivery of treated nets and internal spraying.
This leads us to the second key message.
Keep malaria at the head of the political agenda
This includes better guidelines, policies and strategies, and a political will to reduce malaria mortality. Leaders in Malaria-affected countries have to turn their political commitments and promises into concrete actions.
Senegal launched the zero malaria campaign five years ago. The African Union summit of all African Heads of State approved the campaign in July 2018
In essence, political leaders need to strengthen their positions. Especially those who control governmental political decisions and budgets. One country will thrive when private sector companies benefit from a malaria-free workforce.
Empower communities to take responsibility for the prevention and care of malaria
Some countries with a high burden of malaria also make significant strides in reducing the severity of the disease. This is not enough.
In the 10 most malaria-affected African countries in 2017 there were 3.5 million more cases of malaria compared to the previous year. These ten countries are:
- Burkina faso
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- United Republic of Tanzania
For this purpose, the "zero malaria begins with me" campaign must engage all members of society.
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