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Malaria has claimed millions of lives and destroyed untold human potential. If we take the right steps now, we can end this disease for good. Be counted, join the malaria fight and save millions of lives.
As the world come to mark World Malaria Day on 25th of April, the occasion will assist to highlight the need for continued focus on the work going towards malaria elimination, financial investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention. The disease poses threats to the future of the African continent as surveys on malaria reveal that a child dies every minute from malaria in Africa where it is estimated that 9 out of 10 malaria deaths occur.
The emerging consensus is that the African voices are key to the fight against malaria but are not heard enough when decisions are made about policy and resource allocation for malaria. According to the Malaria Futures for Africa report it argues that the disease costs the African economy more than USD 12 billion every year and slows the economic growth of countries with high malaria rates by 1.3%.
Humana People to People is fighting malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa where its community development programs are being implemented. The malaria prevention approach is built around a community based diagnosis, treatment and information awareness campaign empowering people to reduce chances of contracting the disease. The efforts are all supporting the World Health Organization’s road map called The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030. The strategy sets the target of reducing global malaria incidence and mortality rates by at least 90% by 2030.
The past efforts in addressing malaria have made it possible to scale down its devastating consequences on humanity. According to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 facts and figures on malaria, it shows that over 6.2 million malaria deaths were averted between 2000 and 2015, primarily for children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the same time frame, the global malaria incidence rate has fallen by an estimated 37 per cent and the mortality rates by 58 per cent. The momentum built since the turn of the millennium can be used to bolster more actions and ignite optimism to eliminate malaria in the malaria high burden countries.
There still remains much work to be done to eradicate malaria in Africa south of the Sahara. Much effort is called for in the area of case identification, early treatment and surveillance. A strong surveillance system requires high levels of access to care and case detection.
Humana People to People is convinced that fighting the malaria scourge is a winnable battle. With robust financial resources and political leadership, the world can swing the pendulum back towards a malaria-free world.
Some members of Humana to People are implementing a one year regional Malaria Elimination 8 program across some Southern African countries. The Southern African Malaria Elimination 8 (E8) initiative is a coordinated eight country effort to eliminate malaria in four Southern African countries by 2020 (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland - the first countries) and in four more by 2030 (Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe - the second line countries).
The rationale for this regional intervention is countries with lower incidence and closer to elimination (such as South Africa and Botswana) are subject to high transmission from more endemic countries due to human migratory patterns. The project reduces the spread of malaria by providing testing and treatment services to migrant and mobile populations and surrounding at-risk communities in border areas.
Through the E8 initiative Humana People to People members are contributing to enabling and accelerating zero local transmission of malaria and eliminate malaria by the year 2030. The project is offering Malaria information, test and treatment in mobile health posts and door-to-door in communities for migrant populations and underserved populations in the border areas. Active malaria surveillance is being done seeking to secure data on where the malaria cases are coming from and appropriate approaches are formulated to mitigate the malaria prevalence.
There is no doubt that ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all ages is important to building prosperous societies.