Malaria control in the African Region: experiences and perspectives: Panel discussion: 31 August 2006
AbstractMalaria continues to exert a heavy toll on African populations, particularly children under the age of five years and pregnant women. Cost-effective tools and interventions for control are available, but coverage levels are still unacceptably low. Despite significant progress in the adoption of policies and strategies, development of implementation plans and availability of increased funding at country level, there is no significant impact on morbidity and mortality in most countries. In order to achieve Millennium Development Goal Number 6 as well as contribute to at least two other MDGs, there is a need to increase efforts at country, regional and global levels. 2. There are signs of hope from some countries, with indications of decline in overall child mortality, to which malaria control might have contributed significantly. At the recent Special Summit of African Union Heads of State, African leaders reviewed progress made so far, identified challenges and proposed solutions to the prevailing problems. The Heads of State and Government reiterated their commitment to fight malaria within the context of broader socioeconomic development and reaffirmed their resolution to halve the malaria burden by 2010. 3. The AU meeting concentrated on issues of availability of malaria-related commodities such as long-lasting insecticide-treated nets and artemisinin-based combination therapy; their high cost to the end user; and conflicting policies between free, subsidized or commercial distribution. Other issues include the weakness of health systems, including monitoring and evaluation systems, to deliver malaria control interventions, and poor use of research findings to inform policies which need to be addressed in order to accelerate the pace of implementation of malaria control interventions in the Region.
Regional Committee for Africa, 56. (2011). Malaria control in the African Region: experiences and perspectives: Panel discussion: 31 August 2006. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1859