Nigeria: Biolarvicide application launch to boost ECOWAS war against malaria

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With the planned launch of the application of anti-mosquito biolarvicide product at Aflao on the Ghana-Togo border 28 May, the ECOWAS Day, the war by the regional bloc against malaria is set to achieve a major milestone.

PANA quotes the ECOWAS Commission as saying the war involves the armed forces of the region, National Malaria Progamme Managers and representatives of civil society organisations, among others.

Lending total support to the strong participation of the military in the regional malaria elimination campaign and especially the official launch of biolarvicide application, participants at the just-ended military-civilian Training of Trainers Workshop in Accra, Ghana, recommended that the region’s armed forces should play a key role in the process in collaboration with the malaria control programmes of member states, civil society and the communities.

They adopted “Together we must fight, together we must win,” as a slogan to rally mass support for the campaign which should be anchored on a well-coordinated cross-border collaboration, monitoring and evaluation with a continuous multi-sectoral approach supported by a Task Force in each country.

The participants, who also undertook a field visit to a slum in Great Accra area, for practical knowledge and experience on the application of biolarvicides with the support of officials of Labiofam/Cuba, emphasised the need for community mobilisation and ownership of the campaign accompanied by behavior change communication to address sanitation and environmental management.

Every country must also organise periodic seminars on sensitisation for malaria elimination, using biolarvicide application, they further recommended.

To ensure sustainability and resounding success of the campaign, the 12-16 May 2014 workshop also called for the allocation of adequate funds with relevant activities built into the national budgets of the national armed forces.

To this end, the participants endorsed the proposed introduction of Awards for the most effective anti-malaria programme, cleanest cities, communities, military barracks and involvement of youth/children women and environmental sanitation activities.

The workshop was attended by representatives of the armed forces of the 15 ECOWAS member states, as well as health, environment and social communication experts, the Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Jorge Lefebre Nicholas and representatives of civil society organisations including the Network of African Women Farmers, ROPPA, and Labiofam/Cuba,

Cuba and Venezuela are supporting the ECOWAS malaria elimination campaign under a Tripartite Agreement for the construction of three biolarvicide factories in Cote, d’Ivoire, Ghana and Port Harcourt, Nigeria to make the product readily available for the mass application across the region.
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22 Maio 2014 09:21:01

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