As the global world marks World Malaria Day the African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN),has urged countries such as Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya to double the malaria control efforts as well as ensure they join or at least get close to the ranks of countries at the elimination stages by 2020.
In a statement made available to newsmen by AMMREN Executive Secretary , Dr. Charity Binka that the fight against malaria is one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases.
According to AMMREN Since 2000, the world has made historic progress against malaria, saving millions of lives.
“However, half the world still lives at risk from this preventable and treatable disease, which costs a child’s life every two minutes.”
“Each year, 25th April is set aside as the World Malaria Day to highlight efforts to control malaria and celebrate
the gains that have been made.”
“As the world commemorates this year’s World Malaria Day, the African Media and Malaria Research Network
(AMMREN), made up of a group of African journalists and scientists leading a malaria advocacy agenda,
wants to congratulate African countries such as Egypt and Morocco which have been malaria free since 2000
including Algeria, which achieved this feat in 2016.”
AMMREN acknowledges the five African countries, namely, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, South Africa
and Swaziland, which have been identified as most likely to eliminate malaria by 2020.
“Is also gratifying that Algeria, Comoros, Madagascar, the Gambia, Senegal, and Zimbabwe have also been
honoured this year by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance for leadership in scaling down malaria cases.
As we all look up to these shining examples of countries that are making progress in the fight against malaria,”said AMMREN’
Global efforts directed at eliminating malaria has increased with statistics showing that malaria deaths have
plunged by more than 60 percent since 2000, however in Africa malaria cases went up in a number of countries
Anti-malaria campaigners and experts have noted that the world has become a little bit complacent in dealing
with the disease.
The information is that over the last couple of years, signs emerged that progress was slowing
down. In 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria, 5 million more than the previous year.
This situation calls for more action and a robust approach including political leadership and financial
investments, which should be directed at dealing with the disease. There is also the need for new tools,
including the malaria vaccine to fight the disease.
AMMREN, an advocate of better malaria prevention and treatment for all, is helping to beat the killer by
acknowledging and promoting the inclusion of alternative medicine in the campaign.
Fortunately, in Ghana, the National Malaria Control Programme of the Ghana Health Service and other
stakeholders have set the scene by creating alternative medicine units in selected hospitals across the country.
Today, we need not only ensure that malaria remains high on the political agenda. We must also rediscover the
efficacious remedies used by our forebears to repel insects like mosquitoes and treat diseases including
There are many insect-repellent plants being researched in Cameroon to know more about them. Even in
Ghana there are plants whose smell and smoke do the same job.
As we seek more pertinent, practical and indigenous ways to beat malaria, we must also seize the amazing job
creation opportunities available by tasking and funding young chemistry and biology graduates to work in this
Helping to beat malaria demands that we not only admit alternative medicine into the fight to wipe out malaria,
but also allow it to play its merited role in the campaign.
The global plan to contain the threat of mosquito-resistance to remedies has generated a frantic effort to
develop new antimalarials to overcome resistance issues.
It is crucial to expand the mix of efficacious therapies to be able to respond when it is necessary.
AMMREN supports the opinion of researchers that we can contribute to this global plan against malaria by
developing our local herbs and keep searching until we find another potent remedy for malaria.
Artemisinin is a Chinese herb on which the whole world is depending to fight malaria. This is an indication
that an African herb can also be developed to save our lives.
In most African countries, such as Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania, there are many plants which people use to
treat fevers. Surely, the older folks would be glad to reveal truths that have never been told about herbal
malaria therapy handed down through generations.
The various departments of chemistry, pharmaceutics, and the Centre for Plant Medicine Research in Ghana,
for instance, can collaborate and systematically develop an awesome malaria therapy given proper funding.
Malaria can be defeated.