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Collaboration Is Key to Ending Malaria: A Project in Kenya Aimed at Inoculating Babies and Toddlers Demonstrates the Power of Partnership between the Public and Private Sectors in the Quest to Eradicate a Formidable Disease

Magazine article African Business

Collaboration Is Key to Ending Malaria: A Project in Kenya Aimed at Inoculating Babies and Toddlers Demonstrates the Power of Partnership between the Public and Private Sectors in the Quest to Eradicate a Formidable Disease

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For decades, the scourge of malaria has taken a fearful toll of Africa's young and old, decimating lives and crippling economies. Yet good news emerged in September when Kenya began rolling out a vaccine pilot project for babies and toddlers, becoming the third country to introduce the vaccine after Ghana and Malawi.

The vaccine, known as the RTS,S, is the first and only vaccine to significantly reduce malaria in children, including life-threatening malaria, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Such vaccines can offer particularly effective protection in poorer communities that do not have immediate access to doctors, nurses and health facilities. It is another prong in a recommended response to malaria, which includes the routine use of insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying with insecticides and timely access to malaria testing and treatment.

The new plan shows the extent to which coordination against the disease is improving in Africa, but there is still a long way to go. Kenya has a malaria incidence of 27% for children under five, according to the director-general of the country's health ministry.

Africa as a whole still carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2017, the region was home to 92% of malaria cases and 93% of malaria deaths. In 2017, five countries accounted for nearly half of all malaria cases worldwide, of which four were in Africa: Nigeria (25%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (11%), Mozambique (5%), and Uganda (4%). …

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