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Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria

Posted on 6/3/13 by World Malaria Day team

On April 25, people across the globe will take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day 2013. These activities will no doubt look back at the remarkable progress that the global development community has made in combatting malaria and indeed other infectious diseases over the years. However, one of the key lessons other infectious disease control has shown is that when there is an opportunity to control the spread of disease, it must be taken. Therefore now is the time for the malaria community to regroup, reenergise and look ahead to “invest in the future: defeat malaria”.

Investments in malaria control have created unprecedented momentum and yielded remarkable returns in the past years. In Africa, malaria deaths have been cut by one third within the last decade; outside of Africa, 35 out of the 53 countries, affected by malaria, have reduced cases by 50% in the same time period. In countries where access to malaria control interventions has improved most significantly, overall child mortality rates have fallen by approximately 20%.

These great strides are now under threat; the focus on malaria control is beginning to fade and has led to insufficient financial support. With an annual shortage of US$3.6 billion, particularly across Africa where high-burden countries are facing critical funding gaps, all the impressive gains in malaria control over the past decade are threatening to grind to a halt and in some cases reverse. To avoid this, further investment must be made to ensure that this funding gap is bridged and that the endemic countries have the resources and technical support they need. Only then will it be possible to finish the job and see that malaria is eliminated worldwide.

The Roll Back Malaria campaign “Invest in the future: defeat malaria” will help strengthen the political will across the world and will contribute to increase the funding needed to control malaria in endemic countries.

This year Partners are also invited to support #thebigpush campaign by linking it to their World Malaria Day messaging and communications.

#thebigpush is a digital campaign launched on September 24 2012 as a platform for galvanizing support for global health.

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Posted on 09 April 2014 at 00:07 by Dr K Varker
Medical researchers could develop an anti-malaria injection if governments valued lives of excessive number of people plagued by malaria enough to put sufficient money into this research. and distribute injections among poorer nations.

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Posted on 08 April 2014 at 01:52 by mukaila olaoye
progressive youth Alliance,a community based org and NGO is trying to organize malaria sensitization/test on25th april,2014 at oyingbo,ebute-metta .lagos.Nigeria

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Posted on 06 April 2014 at 00:22 by Bonaventure Fohtung
In the fight against malaria our habits are our first enemy.enviromental hygiene,gabbage disposal in most parts of sub sahara africa poor refuse management is the problem.Mosquitos don't like clean enviroment. My advise is assist poor council with good refuse management plan.When the mosquitos are gone malaria Will follow

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Posted on 23 February 2014 at 23:32 by Iwalokun bamidele
Programmes to control and eliminate malaria, particularly in Africa should have operational research to enable timely monitoring and evaluation of their expected impacts in a short-term. This will enable early identification of challenges and inform strategies to address them. Diagnosis needs to be more sensitive at detecting submicroscopic malaria to enable elimination of reservoirs of parasite/gametocytes.

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Posted on 05 January 2014 at 14:50 by mohammed adel alzway
maybe we can decrease the way's transmission of malaria by the mosquitoes killer

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Posted on 23 October 2013 at 10:43 by winnet katiyo/
Proper Case Mxment ,Availability of resources and ATTITUDE at treating Centres will help reduce deaths from this terrible disease.

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Posted on 23 October 2013 at 10:19 by winnet katiyo/
equitable distribution of LLINs and use will help in reducing transmission . Quality I.R.S.has a marked impact .Spray Operators should be dedicated.

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Posted on 23 October 2013 at 10:12 by winnet katiyo/
malaria parasites are detected at certain stage .RTDs is not 100% accurate Case guidelines on mxment and use of Coartem at times are misleading

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Posted on 23 October 2013 at 10:11 by winnet katiyo/
malaria parasites are detected at certain stage .RTDs is not 100% accurate Case guidelines on mxment and use of Coartem at times are misleading

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Posted on 23 October 2013 at 10:09 by winnet katiyo/
malaria parasites are detected at certain stage .RTDs is not 100% accurate Case guidelines on mxment and use of Coartem at times are misleading

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Posted on 22 October 2013 at 00:24 by Robert Tsang
Does any one know if global warming will affect malaria?

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Posted on 25 April 2013 at 10:36 by The Shantanu Tomar Foundation
In countries like India, the incidence of Falciparum Malaria is on the rise, especially in densely populated cities like Mumbai. Awareness is critical to saving lives because symptoms are so similar to other diseases and illnesses. Falciparum has a high mortality rate. Just being alert to this danger can help in timely administration of anti-malarial drugs. Of course, prevention is better than cure but both aspects need to be focused on simultaneously. It is not possible to eliminate Malaria altogether and as long as it exists, we need timely and prompt cure.

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Posted on 25 April 2013 at 10:27 by Nikky Emezie
prevention is indeed better than cure...Eradication of malaria should be done by oneself first,proper cleaning of environment so as not to breed mosquitoes,all hands should be on deck becos is a thing of individual behavioral aspect before drugs r been administered..God help us all

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Posted on 25 April 2013 at 10:19 by Jane Kaye-Bailey Founder of The Butterfly Tree
Sufficient impreganated mosquito nets are needed for remote communities in Southern Africa where many new cases are reported weekly. Where there is a government shortfall it is essential that NGO's provide support.

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Posted on 25 April 2013 at 08:18 by Banita
The three pronged strategy for prevention and control of malaria is: 1.Early Diagnosis and Prompt Treatment 2.Integrated Vector Control 3.Supportive interventions

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Posted on 22 April 2013 at 11:47 by Tiri J. Anthony
Yes, progress is made so in the fight against malaria, we cannot conquer if Laboratory Capacity to Diagnose Malaria is not Strengthened. furthermore, caution should be exercised in the use of RDTs, as they not applicable in all regions.

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Posted on 20 April 2013 at 18:54 by RFaithe
What needs to be done in order to finish this fight strong and actually reduce malaria-related deaths to less than 1% by 2015? In my church in Minnesota, I mostly hear about 'raising money' and I want to hear more from the communities for which we are raising money if the 'solutions' being put into effect are working.

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Posted on 20 April 2013 at 12:04 by Kamal Khound
Malaria can be eliminated if LLIN is used constantly and fever cases are screened for malaria within 24 hrs and treated with potant anti-malaria drugs immediately. Social marketing of LLIN will lead to ownership on malaria control programe

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Posted on 20 April 2013 at 12:04 by Kamal Khound
Malaria can be eliminated if LLIN is used constantly and fever cases are screened for malaria within 24 hrs and treated with potant anti-malaria drugs immediately. Social marketing of LLIN will lead to ownership on malaria control programe

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Posted on 16 April 2013 at 11:30 by MANGUSHO STEVEN
Malaria in my District/ country remains number one killer disease.The fact the disease is environmental related and preventable,Health promotion and environmental strategies are not given priority in budgeting process. Alot is offered to procurement of medicines and yet the disease persist alot of antimalarials are available in all health facilities.Lets put put malaria prevention a priority rather than treatment since it is an international public health concern. Finally research on the malaria vaccine should be given support as the only best way to go.

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Posted on 11 April 2013 at 08:15 by A Kuyave
If you kill the mosquitoes but don't treat the people, you have to eradicate all the mosquitoes for more than a year. Total eradication at an environmental cost is basically impossible. On the other hand, you could eradicate malaria by treating all the people for about a month. –MDA or on the spot test and treat approach should be promoted and of course should go with treated mosquito nets. More awareness to the people to be responsible.

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Posted on 10 April 2013 at 06:56 by Dr Chilumbu
Botswana has made great progress in the fight against malaria hence the stage of Elimination where we are now!However, a lot needs to be done to achieve elimination by 2015 which is the target.People should embrace the vector control interventions if we are to win the fight!

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Posted on 06 April 2013 at 10:02 by Andreas Kudom
As we think of defeating malaria, let us also think about subtle ways of preventing mosquito breeding such as improving community sanitation and controlling anthropogenic mosquito breeding sites.

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Posted on 05 April 2013 at 00:25 by Beth Heckel
Long-lasting Insecticide-treated bed Nets (LLINs) have been shown to be an extremely effective method of malaria prevention and also the most cost-effective method of prevention.

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Posted on 05 April 2013 at 00:25 by Beth Heckel
"The best ways to save lives is getting prevention method. If someone gets malaria, it is more expensive to treat than buying a net." –Nsabimana Emmanuel, Think Humanity Health Director

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Posted on 23 March 2013 at 22:48 by Akintunde A
Prevention is always better and cheaper than cure. While the search for the vaccine is still on,emphasis should be laid on prevention which can mostly be achieved by strongly advocating attitudinal changes within the endemic communities. malaria can be defeated. Yes we can- by the grace of God.

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Posted on 20 March 2013 at 23:02 by Kalengo Ellis
I believe the fight against malaria truely should be fought by both individuals affected (communities) and decision makers, but the greatest challenge is limiting interventions on donor deriven projects which are not sustainable.

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Posted on 18 March 2013 at 10:56 by NWIDAG BARISUA L.K.
I think this is the time to look into behaviour as effective weapon in malaria control. A time that many depend on the end effects (drug adminstration) instead of the source and cause (environment and attitude). Let su see malaria as a problem originated from human behaviour. If greater attention is given to advocacy, communication and social mobilization, 90% problem of controlling malaria scourge is solved.

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