Botswana: Botswana's fight against malaria impresses AU

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s progress toward a malaria-free nation has been applauded by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), an organ of the Africa Union.

A statement received in Gaborone Monday from Addis Ababa, indicates that ALMA has given wards to Botswana and seven other countries for showing commitment and innovation in the fight against the malaria epidemic.

Botswana, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Swaziland and Uganda were recognized for their impact on malaria incidence and mortality while Chad’s leadership was also honoured for the fight against malaria.

“Thanks to strong African leadership and innovative new partnerships, we are making unprecedented progress in the fight against malaria," said Idriss Déby Itno, President of Chad and outgoing Chairperson of the African Union.

“The success of these countries shows the powerful impact that dedication and sufficient funding can have.”

With the development of a Malaria Control and Elimination Scorecard, Botswana has significantly enhanced malaria tracking and accountability mechanisms.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that Botswana decreased malaria incidence and mortality by more than 40 percent from 2010 to 2015.

The country has monitored insecticide resistance since 2014, and a national plan for insecticide resistance monitoring and management is under development. The annual reported number of malaria cases in 2015 was 326, with five malaria-related deaths.

WHO predicts that Botswana has the potential to eliminate local transmission of malaria by 2020.

“The progress in Botswana shows what is possible when a country and its leaders make malaria a priority,” said Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary of ALMA.
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