Mobilising support for a malaria-free future
This video, from the Malaria Consortium's YouTube channel, is an excellent summary of the progress made to address this disease, as well as the key challenges that remain:
"Fifteen years ago, malaria killed a child every 30 seconds. Under the Millennium Development Goals, however, considerable progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing and treating malaria. As a result, deaths have fallen by 60 percent. Now, under the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, we are aiming to reduce malaria cases and deaths by a further 90 percent by 2030."
Fighting malaria in third world countries is a challenge.The reduction in both mortality and morbidity from malaria visible not only from heath researchers but even the residents of rural communities who were in past heavily affected.
I have been working in rural communities for the past fifteen years and the seen achievement can be attributed by many factors.
In 2001 in rural Tanzania the only Radio that was reaching the rural communities was the Government owned Radio Tanzania.The Television station were very few and mainly at the towns and the technology of satelite dishes were not known.
Infrastructures were poor and going to the urban was not smooth.
On education most of the children ended up with only primary education and very few joined secondary school.
Two years ago I went back to same communities and there was a dramatic changes,FM radios all over,Television station were reaching even the areas far away from the towns by using solar power.Every ward had built a secondary school and those completing secondary are increasing.The improvements of roads allows exchanges of ideas and technology between rural and urban communities.
In summary the increase in awareness through media,increased knowledge and the interaction between the communities had contributed to these improvement.Let us hope that man made catastrophes such as wars does not halt these great achievements.