Namibia to play important role in regional malaria-free strategy

Namibia, having been able to reduce malaria cases by 98 percent and deaths by 95 percent between 2001 and 2015, now has an important role to play in a coordinated regional strategy.

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This was said at the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) recently, when they commended the adoption of a comprehensive new roadmap to eliminate malaria in Africa by 2030.

malariaAfrican leaders endorsed the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 during the 27th African Union (AU) Summit in Kigali.

“As part of the Malaria Elimination 8 (E8) and as one of nine African countries that has achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for malaria, Namibia has an important role to play in a coordinated regional strategy,” said Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary of ALMA.

“The adoption of the Catalytic Framework is a critical step toward our realizing a malaria-free Africa by 2030,” she added.

Phumaphi said, Namibia, like the other countries, has committed to the full support of, and compliance with the requirements of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the International Health Regulations focusing on improved quality data collection, analysis and sharing.

Meanwhile, in ALMA’s Quarterly Report 2016, on the scorecard for accountability and action, in terms of malaria progress, Namibia has secured sufficient funding for the required number of anti-malaria drugs, Rapid diagnostic test (RDTs), Long lasting insecticidal mosquito nets (LLINS), and indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) for 2016.

Furthermore, Namibia has carried out insecticide resistance monitoring since 2014 and has reported the results to WHO and recently was awarded a 2016 ALMA Award for Excellence for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target for malaria. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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