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[afro-nets] Is elimination of malaria in Africa by 2010 unrealistic?


  • From: "Omololu Falobi" <omololu@nigeria-aids.org>
  • Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 14:20:03 +0100

Is elimination of malaria in Africa by 2010 unrealistic?
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Dear Afro-Netters,

At the Special Summit of the African Union on AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria, which held in Abuja, Nigeria last week, African heads of
states and governments, ministers and other leaders committed
themselves to a number of targets to be reached by 2010, towards
reversing the ruinous impact of the three diseases on the continent.

One of the targets set at the meeting is "to ensure that malaria
prevention and control is accelerated with the goal to eliminate
malaria in Africa by 2010 using all available control strategies".
(1)

The summit also called on African governments to "Accelerate the
prevention and control of malaria, learning from best practices on
the continent with the aim of eliminating malaria in Africa using all
available control strategies including indoor residual spraying, use
of insecticide-treated nets, ACT combination therapy and intermittent
prevention therapy". (2)

Both during the summit itself and after, arguments have raged about
whether or not the target (of eliminating malaria by 2010) is
realistic. Some commentators, mainly from Western donor agencies and
multilateral institutions such as the WHO, have described the target
as 'unrealistic', 'daydreaming' or 'unachievable'.

Is this a fair judgement? If all African governments were to devote
sufficient resources to fighting malaria, and deploy ALL available,
scientifically-proved methods for preventing and treating malaria
(including indoor and outdoor spraying, use of ITNs, ACTs), would it
be impossible to eliminate, or at least significantly reduce, the
incidence of malaria in Africa by 2010 - four years away? If the
target is to be met, what steps or approaches to eliminating (as
opposed to 'rolling back) 'malaria do African governments need to
take?

Your informed opinions and suggestions are welcome.

Thanks.

Omololu

1. Paragraph 15, Abuja Call for Accelerated Action Towards Universal
Access to HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Services in Africa
2. Paragraph 14, Abuja Call for Accelerated Action Towards Universal
Access to HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Services in Africa

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Omololu Falobi
Executive Director
Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria
Media Resource Centre on HIV/AIDS & Rep Health
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