Today the 25th of April is World Malaria Day and countries have marked the day by highlighting the commendable strides that have been made across the SADC region towards eliminating malaria, with the theme ‘End Malaria for Good’.
National malaria co-ordinator in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Joseph Mberikunashe said provinces will commemorate World Malaria Day in their localities and on convenient dates.
He said on Thursday the 27th of this month, the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa and his Zambian counterpart are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on cross border malaria initiatives at a ceremony to be held in Victoria Falls.
This is in line with the SADC region’s commitment to improving the health of its population.
Articles 9 and 11 of the SADC protocol on health (Maputo, August 1999) call upon member states to harmonise and standardise policies pertaining to malaria control for efficient use of resources, and harmonisation of goals and interventions for the effective control of malaria.
Malaria remains endemic in 91 countries around the world including Zimbabwe but the figures of people who are succumbing to the disease are decreasing.
However the continuous rains and flooding experienced in the region this rainy season has worsened mosquito breeding sites resulting in an increase in the number of malaria cases recorded last month.