Thursday, 27 September 2012

MALARIA: Africa Fighting Malaria Updates and Events

Indoor Residual Spraying against mosquitoes in the lake Zone regions of Kagera, Mwanza and Mara have succeeded in reducing Malaria prevalence from 41.1 per cent in the highly affected areas, down to just 10 per cent. This was stated in Arusha over the weekend by the Zonal RTI Manager, Dr Pius Tubeti during the "Training of National Indoor Residual Spraying Capacity Building Core Team," which was being conducted here and involving over 40 participants. "Muleba and Bukoba districts in Kagera region had the highest prevalence rate of Malaria in the country at 41.1 per cent, as per the 2007 figures, but this went down to 10 per cent by 2010 after the IRS project was initiated in the lake zone and this percentage continues to drop," said Dr Tubeti. 

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At the country level, the results suggest that Sub-Saharan African countries with high malaria incidence rates are likely to see relatively larger net benefits from the use of DDT in malaria control. The net health benefits of reintroducing DDT in malaria control programs could be better understood by weighing the costs and benefits of DDT use based on a country's circumstances.

The US government has promised more support to Tanzania in the fight against malaria and will partner with all relevant institutions in addressing the problem. A representative of the USAID Office in Tanzania, Ms Jessica Katuka, said during the closing of a training programme for local government officials that more funds would be channelled through the US President's Malaria Initiative (PMI). She noted that the US government through PMI would continue partnering with the ministries of Health of Tanzania and Zanzibar and the Malaria Control programmes to control malaria in the country. 
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