(Xinhua) -- A
group of 81 non-profit, private and public sector
organizations in Kenya have launched an anti- malaria
campaign that will prevent deaths of 16,000 children
every year in the next five years.
Kenya NGOs Alliance Against Malaria (KeNAAM) plans to
spend 53 million U.S. dollars raised from the private
and public sectors in next five years for anti-malaria
campaign and providing necessary care for the vulnerable
children under five years.
16,000 children from dying every year may look like a
small number. But the pain of losing one child is
beyond the statistics,” said the Chief Executive of
KeNAAM CEO Edward Mwangi.
numbers may not tell a story, but it is the pain of a
mother losing a child or a child losing a mother that
tells the story,” he said during the launch of the
campaign in Nairobi on Thursday evening.
is the biggest killer disease in Kenya, according to the
Ministry of Health Statistics. It kills more people than
AIDS every year.
deaths are more pronounced in children under the age of
five, with malaria accounting for 25 percent of those
diseases and conditions like diarrhea, pneumonia, lack
of immunization, and low access to trained birth
attendants kill more children in Kenya, data from the
Ministry of Health showed.
new campaign is multi-pronged in the sense that it will
also help finance elimination of other disease and
conditions that also affect children under the age of
plan is to be implemented over the next five years in 24
counties with the highest risk of malaria infections,
mainly in Western, Nyanza and Coast regions.
will be implemented under the KeNAAM five year strategic
plan for 2013-2017.
strategic plan will be implemented under an initiative
known as Malaria ++ (plus plus), an integrated concept
that will seek to prevent additional childhood ailments
to ensure a holistic approach to maternal and newborn
addition to funding anti malaria activities, the fund
will also be used to increase access to immunization,
address diarrhea management in children up to 59 months,
increase the number of birth attendants and increase
utilization of ante-natal services.
plan seeks to ensure that there are zero deaths from
malaria as well as other childhood diseases,” said
strategy focuses on creating demand for health
services and also creating a conducive policy
environment for investing in malaria and other health
programs,” he added.
said KeNAAM wants to encourage public private
partnerships in malaria investments in line with the
global call ‘Invest in the future. Defeat malaria,’
the theme of global anti- malarial campaign in the next
five years from 2013.
said malaria in Kenya is underfunded by 40 percent,
which interferes with the implementation of some
said the aim of the strategy is to raise funds for
malaria and also to leverage on these resources to
target maternal and infant health.
beats logic to stop children dying malaria and they
end up succumbing to other ailments,” observed
said KeNAAM aims to complement government efforts by
working with partners to bridge the funding gap.
raise funds and increase awareness on malaria and its
impact to national development, KeNAAM has partnered
with the Grandmothers Against Malaria Initiative (GAMI)
to hold a National Malaria Walk in October this year.
walk which is scheduled to take place on Oct. 5 will
seek to raise funds to buy and distribute insecticide
treated nets and also develop information, education
communication materials to inform the public on
prevention, management and treatment of malaria.
has over the last 10 years been actively engaged in the
fight against malaria and it hopes to use its vast
advocacy skills to also influence maternal and newborn
Kenya Malaria Indicator Survey 2010 showed that malaria
is the leading cause of deaths in Kenya. About 25
million Kenyans are at risk of malaria.
accounts for 30 to 50 percent of all outpatient
attendance and 20 percent of all admissions to health
Ministry of Health estimates that 170 million working
days are lost to the disease each year and that the
disease causes more than 25 percent of deaths in
children under five years.
most vulnerable group to malaria infections are pregnant
women and children under 5 years of age.
collaboration with partners, the government has
developed the 10-year Kenyan National Malaria Strategy (KNMS)
2009-2017 whose goal is to reduce morbidity and
mortality associated with malaria by 30 percent in