MALARIA WEEK AT ADPP´S PROJECTS IN ANGOLA
READY TO BEAT MALARIA
According to the Multiple Health Indicators Survey (IIMS) 2015-2016, malaria prevalence is 14% in Angola, reaching 22% in rural areas and 8% in urban areas. Since the beginning of September 2017, however, the national epidemiological surveillance system has witnessed an increase in the number of malaria cases and deaths throughout the country. This includes epidemic outbreaks, most notably in the provinces of Huambo, Benguela, Lunda North and Uíge.
Through its Community Health projects, in 2017 ADPP has contributed to the reduction of malaria cases and deaths through social mobilization, as well as testing and treatment of simple malaria cases. Selected highlights include 541 teachers and 4304 school pupils trained in malaria control; 5000 families mobilized at household level in the provinces of Uíge and Zaire; and 3.285 rapid malaria tests carried out in Cunene and Kuando Kubango.
Projects implemented by ADPP in 2018:
Total Control: is a social mobilization project combining schools- and community components, with the aim of promoting malaria prevention and control at the community level in the provinces of Zaire, Uige and Malanje.
Strengthening of the Health System: Social mobilization to increase and improve access of health services through Health Mobilizers working with health units in the provinces of Uige, Lunda Norte, Moxico and Malanje.
Cross-Border Malaria Project: As part of the “Elimination 8” project, the project consists of the testing and treatment of simple cases of malaria. This project is implemented by the consortium led by ADPP which includes 5 other organizations.
Some Facts about Malaria in the World according to WHO
• As of 2016, there were 216 million malaria cases in 91 countries, 5 million more than the 211 million cases reported in 2015. This marks a return to 2012 levels.
• Malaria continues to kill many people: By 2016, 445,000 people died of malaria worldwide, compared to 446,000 estimated deaths in 2015.
• Children under 5 are the most vulnerable to Malaria. The disease kills one child every two minutes.
• 15 countries - all but one in sub-Saharan Africa – bear the brunt of the global malaria burden.
• The overall response to malaria is at a crossroads. After an unprecedented period of success in malaria control, progress has stagnated.
• The current pace is insufficient to reach the 2020 milestones of the WHO Technical Strategy for Malaria - especially targets that call for a 40% reduction in the incidence of malaria cases and the mortality rate.
• Countries with ongoing transmission are increasingly shrinking into one of two categories: those who are moving towards eradication and those with a high level of illness have reported a significant increase in Malaria cases.