The African Region is the most effected by malaria and accounts for about 86% of the estimated 247 millions malaria episodes worldwide in 2006 and 91 % of the malaria deaths the same year. The direct and indirect economic costs of malaria are still high in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although there is a general agreement on cost effective interventions for malaria prevention and control, most countries are implementing either single or multiple interventions piecemeal but are yet to scale up for impact.

Due to weak health systems characterized by inadequate human resources, poor infrastructure, inefficient medicines and commodities procurement and supply management systems, limited access to parasitological diagnosis and low community based service delivery capacity, many countries are failing to implement a comprehensive package of interventions. The weak health information and monitoring and evaluation systems also make it difficult to report on program performance and impact. However, in some countries where a comprehensive package of malaria prevention and control interventions have been scaled up there have been substantial reductions in malaria morbidity and mortality.

The increased funding opportunities for malaria control at country level from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), World Bank Malaria Booster Program, United States Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) etc should be used to accelerate the fight against the disease in the African region.

For more information please contact:

DrKizerboMalariaDr Georges Alfred Ki-Zerbo
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Related Links:

  1. WHO Global Malaria Programme
    The WHO Global Malaria Programme
  2. Roll Back Malaria Partnership
    To provide a coordinated global approach to fighting malaria, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership was launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.

    The RBM Partnership has expanded exponentially since its launch and is now made up of a wide range of partners — including malaria-endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions — who bring a formidable assembly of expertise, infrastructure and funds into the fight against the disease.

  3. Malaria - Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO)
    Highlights on Malaria in the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO)
  4. WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) Roll Back Malaria
  5. Malaria in the Americas - Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  6. Malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases - WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO)
  7. Malaria in the European Region - WHo Regional Office for Europe (EURO)
  8. US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)
  9. East African Network for Monitoring Antimalarial Treatment (ENMAT)
  10. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Malaria
  11. Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA)
  12. Malaria Consortium
  13. The Central Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (CARN)
  14. USAID Infectious Diseases - Malaria
  15. The World Bank Booster Programme for Malaria Control in Africa
  16. WHO Special Programme for Research on Tropical Diseases (TDR) - Malaria