REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Residents of Mosocho,Kisii county being tested for malaria during the World Malaria Day Commemoration

Evidence based interventions for prevention and treatment of malaria bearing fruits

 

The Government has been pursuing evidence-based interventions malaria control strategy for both prevention and treatment of malaria across the country which has led to a significant progress in the fight against the disease. The efforts in Malaria control have contributed to the overall reduction of infant and under five mortality rates.

 

These were some of the highlights observed during the World Malaria Day Wednesday which was marked in Kenya at a colorful ceremony held in Kisii County. The key note address by Health Cabinet Secretary Miss Sicilly Kariuki was delivered on her behalf by head of the National Malaria Control Programme, Dr. Waqo Ejersa.

 

The CS emphasized the importance of malaria prevention noting that last year 14.8m treated nets were distributed across 23 counties adding that the government also provides nets through maternal and Child clinics as part of the efforts to protect pregnant women.

 

In Kenya, about 70 percent of the population is at risk of infection with pregnant women and children under five being the most vulnerable group. She urged that all those who received these nets to use them consistently and for the intended purpose.

 

Kenya has adopted universal access to diagnosis and treatment of Malaria, the CS observed, adding that the globally recommend quality assured malaria medicines are currently available in public and faith-based health facilities at no cost.Our policy is to have all suspected malaria cases tested and those with positive test results treated in accordance to the treatment guidelines.”  She said.

 

Ms. Kariuki disclosed that to facilitate Malaria diagnosis and treatment, over 20,000 health workers have been trained in both the public and private sector health facilities in the last three years while the government has also partnered with the private sector to ensure availability of quality assured cost-effective medicines.

 

To further ease the challenges of access to health services the malaria control programme is implementing community case management through the community health structures in select high burden counties. This brings both diagnosis and treatment of malaria closer to the community. The Government is urging communities to join in the efforts towards a malaria-free Kenya.

 

The CS commended county governments for their continued investment in health and called upon counties with high malaria burden to allocate more resources towards malaria control.

 

The recent malaria indicator survey shows a reduction of prevalence from 11 percent to 8 percent nationally. In 2010, malaria accounted for 30 percent of outpatient cases; currently this has dropped to 18 percent.