The Ministry of Health and Child Care has partnered with a local church on the implementation of a health campaign on malaria countrywide.

The launch of an anti-malaria campaign in Epworth, Harare this Thursday, is testimony of a strong partnership between the government and the church.

Epworth District Medical Officer, Dr Sam Matapure said malaria is a major public health problem in Zimbabwe and a priority disease for elimination internationally.

“More than 50% of the population resides in malaria risk areas,” he said.

The Methodist Church in Zimbabwe’s Flowers Malaria Initiative Board Chairperson, Sarah Tembeza said the elimination of malaria is everyone’s responsibility.

“This campaign will go a long way and the main focus is to provide services in unreachable areas,” said MrsTembedza.

During the launch of the anti-malaria campaign, school children recited poems to show their understanding of the disease and appreciation of the initiative to be implemented countrywide.

The campaign will see communities being educated about the disease and how they can prevent the breeding of the female anopheles mosquito that carries the malaria-causing parasite.

The national goal in line with an agreement by eight SADC countries, also known as Elimination 8 Agreement, is to reduce malaria incidences to 5 per every 1000 people and malaria deaths by at least 90 percent by 2020.