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MISSUE NO. 3616 

April 19 - 24, 2013

 

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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

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Eastern African health experts
mull strategy for 'zero' malaria

Between 2009 and 2011, the health ministry organized
three campaigns of distributing treated mosquito
nets to the whole Burundian population

BUJUMBURA (Xinhua) -- Health experts from 13 countries making up the East Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (EARN) are mulling to set up an “efficient strategy” for zero malaria-related deaths in 2015, Burundian Public Health and AIDS Control Minister Dr. Sabine Ntakarutimana said on Monday.

“Malaria remains a big challenge in Burundi and in the other EARN states. That’s the reason why we should do all our best to reach zero malaria-related deaths by 2015,” Sabine Ntakarutimana said at a three-day meeting held in Burundian capital Bujumbura. 

She indicated that Burundi made a lot of efforts in the fight against malaria during the recent years.

“Between 2009 and 2011, the health ministry organized three campaigns of distributing treated mosquito nets to the whole Burundian population,” Ntakarutimana said.

Citing a survey, she indicated that the distribution of mosquito nets performed “satisfactory” outcomes, arguing that the distribution and the use of those mosquito nets “reduced malaria- related deaths by 10 percent.”

According to Ntakarutimana, a survey conducted in 2012 showed that 78 percent of children aged less than five years and 88 percent of pregnant women used mosquito nets to protect themselves against malaria.

“The use of mosquito nets by children aged less than five years and pregnant women reduced deaths related to malaria by 22 percent, “ said Ntakarutimana.

She however said that getting the funding remains a “big challenge” and called on financial partners to support the EARN countries’ policy of zero malaria-related deaths by 2015.

The East Africa Roll Back Malaria Network (EARN) is made up of 13 countries including Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

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