Malaria control and elimination: Kenya success story

NAIROBI, Kenya, 24 April 2017 Implementation of evidence-based targeted interventions, have scaled down the overall prevalence rate of Malaria incidence in Kenya to 8 percent up from 11 percent in 2010.

During this period Kenya has distributed 16 million Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in 36 counties through mass campaigns and routine maternal and child welfare clinics said Dr. Cleopa Mailu, the Cabinet Secretary for Health on Monday during the high level forum on malaria prevention measures.

‘’Currently, 63% of households in Kenya own at least one LLIN which, is an n improvement from 44% in 2010, an increase from m 61% to 71% over the last five years,’’ said Dr. Mailu.

Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) of households, the diagnosis-based treatment policy, supply of the preventive medicine and other integrated vector management measures, have likely contributed to the low transmission. Currently 87% of public health facilities have diagnostic capacity.

“We shall continue to engage our partners to provide quality diagnosis and effective treatment in all public health facilities. Currently, 87% of our health facilities have the capacity to diagnose malaria. Through capacity-building, mentorship and supervision 97% of all confirmed malaria cases received the recommended medicine in the public health facilities,” said Dr. Mailu

This year the CS revealed that the Government will carry out a massive campaign to distribute 15 million LLINs in order to sustain and enhance coverage, and a further 15.6 million in a planned 2020 campaign. Meanwhile, routine distribution of LLINs through health clinics will continue.

Likewise, this year, over 200,000 structures have been sprayed through indoor residual spraying method in Migori County, conferring protection to over one million people. Four other counties in the Lake endemic region will be targeted for spraying between 2018 – 2021.

Dr. Mailu noted that IRS is a costly intervention and continued investment is required to address funding gaps that may hamper achievement of the planned scope.

This year marks the 10th World Malaria Day. The celebrations to mark the day will be held in Narok county on 25 April and the theme is “End Malaria for Good.”