President Mans talks with Sirius XM Radio about Malaria in Africa.
Malaria is robbing Africa of its future. It is the number one killer of children in Africa, having claimed almost one million young lives and about 10,000 mothers across the continent last year alone. It also has a heavy financial cost. Every year it consumes a major share of Africa’s spending on public health. It is estimated to cost the continent more than U.S. $12 billion in lost economic growth and the burden of malaria falls most heavily on the poor.
The good news is that there has been real progress in scaling up the fight against malaria. Thanks to the efforts of many, funding has increased ten-fold over the last six years. During that time, nearly a million lives have been saved. However, that funding is far below what is needed to reach the goal of ensuring prevention and treatment for all in Africa who need them.
To reach the goals set down in the Global Malaria Action Plan there needs to be a huge ramp up of quality affordable anti-malarial medicines and other essential supplies and services: insecticide-treated mosquito nets, rapid diagnostic tests, indoor spraying and preventive treatment for pregnant women. Africare’s contribution to the fight against malaria is being waged along exactly these lines in a number of countries in Africa and with some real success. Africare has expertise in three proven and highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures,
taking a community based approach in providing:
(1) Long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets;
(2) Intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women
(3) Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) for the treatment of children under the age of five.