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Central African Experts Review Malaria Fight 

 By Elizabeth Enanga Mokake*

CameroonPostline.com — Experts from the Central African sub-region have begun assessing the implementation levels of key interventions in the fight against malaria, as defined in the roadmaps of the various countries.

Their intention is to boost malaria control and work towards the elimination of the disease that is rated as one of the greatest killers in Africa. This was the main objective of a three-day seminar jointly organised by the WHO and Roll-Back Malaria on July 10 at the Yaounde Mont Febe Hotel.

Presided over by the Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda, the seminar was organised under the theme: “The Fight against Malaria and its Financing”. The Minister called on all Cameroonians to sleep under insecticide-treated mosquito nets at night in order to help prevent malaria.

He added that Government’s aim is to attain the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs. It was for this reason, he went on, that Government has continued to sensitise the various stakeholders on the disease, distributing free mosquito nets, and giving free malarial treatment to children between the ages of 0-5 years and pregnant women.

Meanwhile, the experts shouldered the responsibility to review progress, challenges and opportunities in the fight against malaria in Central Africa. Besides, they intended to update participants on recent progress and on future prospects in the fight against malaria.

During the opening ceremony, the Representative of the Executive Director of Roll-Back Malaria (RBM), Dr. Boi-Betty Rhona Udom, said the fight against malaria is long and needs determination.

She acknowledged the fact that Cameroon has never relented its efforts in the fight. To her, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo contribute more in the fight against malaria within sub-region. The expert also appreciated the French Government’s efforts in the fight against malaria with its 5 percent contribution to help in financing, to eliminate the disease.

Dr. Boi-Betty expressed hope that by the end of the week participants will go back to their countries with strategies to fight malaria. The Regional Representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Denis Duffaut, said the Federation will not relent in its efforts to fight against this deadly scourge which afflicts mostly people in local communities.

In a related report by the Cameroon Malaria Research and Control Report of 2008-2011, Prof. Rose Leke, Executive Director of Malaria Consortium-Cameroon Coalition against Malaria (MC-CCAM), says the struggle to reduce the burden of malaria in Cameroon is positive.

According to her, “being able to trace the evolution of the epidemiology of this illness as well as identifying through research, adequate management, approaches, new tools, including vaccines, new drugs, improved diagnostics and vector management approaches, is crucial for the future”.

The seminar brought together participants and experts of National Malaria Control Programs from: Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sao Tome, and Chad.

*(ASMAC Student On Internship)

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