Readers of The Economist’s March 19 Edition noted a very optimistic looking chart on the next to the last page1, where this international political/economic/cultural weekly always displays a graphic representation of a trend the editors discern in world affairs. The chart, which represents actual and projected malaria mortality between 2000 and 2050, takes into account the development and optimal distribution of malaria vaccines, some deployed already and others in the pipeline.
On March 31st, 2022, the World Health Organization published its new Guidelines for malaria. As stated in its overview, “[t]he WHO Guidelines for malaria bring together the Organization’s most up-to-date recommendations for malaria in one user-friendly and easy-to-navigate online platform.
For the last six weeks, I have been privileged to travel the state of Arizona raising awareness about malaria and what Malaria Partners International is doing, in cooperation with hundreds of Rotary clubs around the world, to end this deadly but preventable and treatable disease
While we are aware of the challenges of the national Malaria context in our current effort to advocate for the elimination of Malaria in Uganda, we also acknowledge the strategic opportunities it presents to rethink Malaria.
On Friday 1st October 2021, a cohort of 30 community health workers (CHWs) from Mpika district in Muchinga Province took up arms against Plasmodium falciparum, the deadly parasite notorious for causing 98% of the malaria cases in Zambia.
Readers of these reports will note the steady increase in their length, despite strenuous efforts to include only those of the more than 400 malaria-related articles per month in the professional literature that are of greatest interest to MPI, considering its mission and area of operation.
This past month, the Malaria Partners International board approved two new small grants to Rotary Clubs in Nigeria and Sierra Leone, two new countries for this program.
Neighborhood Health Committees are the lowest level of the Zambian health system. A step below the clinics, NHCs have the mandate of supervising the Community Health Workers and other community-based volunteers. They are also responsible for identifying and nominating community members to serve as CHWs.
The African Union Malaria Progress Report 2021 sights the total commitment of Governments and all players in the Health System, as well as sustained funding over the long term, as key requirements in tackling Malaria.
One of the most frustrating things about malaria is the preventable suffering it imposes on families. The death of a child or a parent, the loss of work, or economic stability can be devastating.
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