Anti-malaria campaign victim of indifference

Anti-malaria campaign victim of indifference

WITH one year left on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Roll Back Malaria (RBM) campaign, a leading anti-malaria group has described the data indicators as “grim”.

Four years ago, 44 African leaders – together with the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Children’s Fund, and bilateral donors – committed themselves to dramatic systems reform and a massive scale-up of funding to bring malaria under control in Africa. “Abuja was supposed to be the beginning of the end of malaria in Africa,” said Junaid Seedat, Managing Director of Massive Effort Southern Africa.”Unfortunately, not everyone has kept their promise.”Namibia will join the rest of the African continent to celebrate Malaria Day on Sunday.Seedat said less than two per cent of African children were sleeping under life-saving insecticide-treated nets that protect children against malaria carrying mosquitoes while many countries still tax the purchase of these nets, despite pledging at the Abuja summit four years ago to stop the taxation.Many African countries were also administering ineffective anti-malarial drugs.Philip Coticelli of the Massive Effort Campaign said malaria deaths had not decreased significantly in a single African country since the Abuja Summit.”Abuja was supposed to be the beginning of the end of malaria in Africa,” said Junaid Seedat, Managing Director of Massive Effort Southern Africa.”Unfortunately, not everyone has kept their promise.”Namibia will join the rest of the African continent to celebrate Malaria Day on Sunday.Seedat said less than two per cent of African children were sleeping under life-saving insecticide-treated nets that protect children against malaria carrying mosquitoes while many countries still tax the purchase of these nets, despite pledging at the Abuja summit four years ago to stop the taxation.Many African countries were also administering ineffective anti-malarial drugs.Philip Coticelli of the Massive Effort Campaign said malaria deaths had not decreased significantly in a single African country since the Abuja Summit.

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