Published: Sat, April 27, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

New malaria vaccine trialled in Malawi

New malaria vaccine trialled in Malawi

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), is anxious about our ability to achieve two critical 2020 milestones of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030; reducing malaria case incidence and death rates by at least 40% from 2015 levels.

Three central African countries are launching the world's 1st malaria vaccine in a landmark child vaccination program.

Minister of health Isaac Adewole told reporters in Abuja that if it works perfectly, the vaccine would help Nigeria and the world at large in the fight to eliminate the malaria scourge. Anopheles sinensis, a species of mosquito that transmits malaria, is still present in the city.

According to the World Health Organization 2018 malaria report, 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana, as well as India, accounted for the bulk malaria cases and deaths globally.

"We have seen tremendous gains from bed nets and other measures to control malaria in the last 15 years, but progress has stalled and even reversed in some areas". Contributions from governments of endemic countries amounted to US$ 900 million, representing 28% of total funding. We have developed innovative programmes that will increase access to funds for malaria programme implementation.

In the 1930s, malaria claimed over five million lives and spread throughout the world taking more lives.

She said now, the country was implementing major interventions such as the "Intermittent Prevention Treatment in Pregnancy (IPTp), Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) and Larviciding on limited scale", which were significantly known to be very effective against malaria.

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First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo is requesting the engagement of all members of society including political leaders, the private sector, community leaders and community members to enable the country achieve its overall goal of zero malaria.

"The war against malaria is one that must be won".

Most of the deaths are in Africa, where over 250 000 children die from the disease every year.

Transmission also depends on climatic conditions that may affect the number and survival of mosquitoes, such as rainfall patterns, temperature and humidity. With an efficacy of ~ 35% at best, the vaccine will need to be combined with other preventative methods - both targeting the mosquito vector and prevention of infection in humans along with improved treatments to combat resistance. We need new solutions to get the malaria response back on track, and this vaccine gives us a promising tool to get there.

"As we commemorate World Malaria Day on April 25, we celebrate this success". And each year, more than 200 million new cases of the disease are reported. "The malaria vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of children's lives". Symington paid tributes to all Nigerian health workers to mothers, pharmacists to drivers, journalists, researchers, teachers to warehouse managers and all those working to end malaria.

Malaria is also bad for business.

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