health stake holders call
for joint vector management
coverage, which is defined as one net
for two people in the target population, has
been achieved in 67 percent of the households
(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s
health stakeholders on Wednesday called for integrated
vector management ahead of the World Malaria Day to be
celebrated across the world on April 24.
Kenyan government and the private sector led
initiatives have been lined up boost malaria fight
including strategic public awareness program sealed
between the government and private sector players set
to kick off on Thursday.
of Public Health and Sanitation Head of Division of
Malaria Control Dr. David Soti confirmed that Kenya
has made positive steps in malaria control with
hospital admissions falling by more than half in
children under five, the mortality rates have also
fallen by 44 percent based on statistics captured
between 1999 and 2006,” Soti said in Nairobi.
the key highlights for this year’s World Malaria Day
celebrations will be the stepping up of a campaign
geared at encouraging the use of Integrated Vector
Management solutions such as Insecticide Treated Nets
(ITN), Indoor Residual Sprays (IRS) and domestic
insecticides such as Mortein DOOM in the fight against
malaria particularly in the urban centers and beyond.
disclosed that the country has raised the ownership
rate of at least one Insecticide Treated net (ITN) per
household; which has grown from 54.4 percent in 2010
to 83.3 percent in 2012.
ownership of more than one ITN in households, Soti
added, has also increased in the targeted endemic Lake
region from 25.8 percent in 2010 to 63.8 percent in
line with this years’ World Malaria day theme:
Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria, both the private
sector players and the government will be joining
hands to confirm efforts made to roll back the
intensity of Malaria associated deaths.
ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Division of
Malaria Control and Reckitt Benckiser as well as other
partners are set to host a build-up stakeholders’
forum geared at raising awareness on the national
Malaria control efforts currently underway.
Benckiser Country Manager Richard Pereira expressed
regret that, though preventable and curable, Malaria
is still a life threatening disease.
to World Health Organization (WHO) Statistics, Pereira
noted that in 2010, malaria caused an estimated
660,000 deaths, mostly among African children.
challenge posed by malaria related deaths is a
worrisome state of affairs that we are keen to
reverse by encouraging several interventions
including the use of consumer insecticide sprays
such as Mortein DOOM particularly in urban centers
alongside insecticide treated nets.”
coverage, which is defined as one net for two people
in the target population, has been achieved in 67
percent of the households in the first phase of the
mass net distribution covering Nyanza, Western and
parts of Rift Valley.
the same time, Indoor residual spraying for malaria
burden reduction in the lake endemic areas was
successfully carried out in 2012 with 98 percent of
the targeted houses being sprayed and protecting a
population of more than 2.4 Million people.
recently published research paper confirms that living
in households with both ITNs and IRS was associated
with a significant risk reduction against malaria in
medium and high transmission areas.
report published in the Malaria Journal in February is
titled: Nets, spray or both? - The effectiveness of
insecticide- treated nets and indoor residual spraying
in reducing malaria morbidity and child mortality in
study by researchers Nancy Fullman, Roy Burstein,
Stephen S Lim et al. assesses intervention
effectiveness experienced by children under the age of
five exposed to both insecticide-treated nets (ITNs)
and indoor residual spraying (IRS), as compared to
each intervention alone, based on nationally
representative survey data collected from 17 countries
in sub-Saharan Africa.
findings suggest that greater reductions in malaria
morbidity and health gains for children may be
achieved with ITNs and IRS combined beyond the
protection offered by IRS or ITNs alone.
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