has managed to reduce malaria related death and
illness by more than 50 percent in the past
decade, a government official said on Thursday.
of Health Permanent Secretary Mark Bor told
journalists in Nairobi that implementation of
evidence based interventions has resulted in a
declining disease burden.
prevalence in most parts of the country has come
down to less than five percent except in regions
in western Kenya where it is over 30 percent,”
Bor said ahead of the World Malaria Day which
will be observed on April 25.
will be Kenya’s sixth commemoration of the day
having marked the occasion previously as Africa
added that correct malaria diagnosis is a key
component of the overall policy to manage the
strategy ensures that all those with malaria
symptoms are tested and only those found to be
positive from the tests are treated with
effective medicines,” he said.
ministry has therefore scaled up treatment by
distributing over 9.4 million rapid diagnostic
test kits,” the ministry official said.
order to build on the gains achieved, the PS
noted, that the government will also enhance the
monitoring of malaria transmission in all areas.
added that Indoor Residual Spraying has been
carried out in the high endemic areas surrounding
Lake Victoria resulting in the protection of at
least two million people.
said that Kenya will continue to prioritize
malaria control due to it’s on the health and
well-being of Kenyans.
Health Organization Kenya Malaria Advisor Dr Aka
Kalu said that Kenya has achieved extraordinary
progress against the disease as a result of
an effective preparedness and response plan,
availability of drugs have been positioned so as
to facilitate timely action against any
outbreak,” he said.
to the WHO official, Uganda leads the East Africa
community in malaria disease prevalence.
of Health, Head of Division of Malaria Control Dr
David Soti said that between 2011 and 2012, the
government distributed about 11 million mosquito
nets to households in the endemic and epidemic
prone areas under the universal coverage program
resulting in 22 million people being protected
additional 6.9 million nets have been
distributed under the last four years to
children under the age of one and pregnant women
through the maternal clinics,” Soti said.
noted that the target is by 2014 a further six
million bed nets will be distributed at the
household level in order to compliment the routine
Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Alliance
against Malaria Advocacy Manager Ted Ahono called
for increased domestic funding in order to combat
Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF Kenya
Representative Marcel Kanyankore said that
estimates indicate that Kenya loses 170 million
working days to malaria annually.
noted that primary school students lose about 11
percent of school days per year due to the
order to defeat the parasite, Kenya should also
increase and sustain the level of funding for
malaria control,” the UNICEF official said.
Acting Head Dr Joanne Abbot said that its health
program in Kenya has set aside over 68.4 million
U.S. dollars between 2009 and 2015.
will continue to work closely with the Kenya in
order to scale effective interventions aimed at
minimizing malaria transmission,” Abbot said.
to the ministry of health, malaria is the leading
cause of death among infants and children as it is
responsible for 34,000 deaths in children under
the age of five.
of Health, Head of Department of Disease Control
Dr Willis Akhwale said that a key challenge
impending elimination of the malaria parasite is
the rising resistance to pyrethrum based
government will therefore begin spraying of the
more expensive carbamates based insecticides
after September 2013,” he said.
noted that expectant mothers also bear the burden
of malaria resulting in high maternal mortality
rates and poor birth outcomes.
disease also accounts for 30 percent of all
outpatient consultations and 19 percent of all
hospital admissions,” he said.