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An epidemiologist and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Pro-fessor Fred Binka, has advised government to commit more resources to fight malaria. According to him, the “magic bullet” to achieve malaria elimination or eradication was a strong political commitment. He gave the advice yesterday during the Malaria Elimination Think Tank Agenda...

Health Systems Strengthening towards Universal Health Coverage

Introduction The recent series of unprecedented overlapping health crises is a reminder of the need for nations to build resilient health systems. As emerging global pandemics continue to have substantial impact on health systems’ ability to provide essential health services, countries must re-strategize their technical actions, investments, monitoring approaches and innovations for developing and sustaining...

A primary objective of the MVIP pilot programme was to assess the feasibility of administering the recommended 4 doses of the RTS,S malaria vaccine to young children in routine use in African settings. When pilot introductions started in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi in 2019 there had never been a childhood vaccine for malaria, and its...

In a 2019 vector alert, WHO identified the spread of Anopheles stephensi as a significant threat to malaria control and elimination – particularly in Africa, where the disease hits hardest. A new WHO initiative, launched today, aims to stop the further spread of this invasive mosquito species in the region. Originally native to parts of South Asia and the...

Africa marks the fourth anniversary of the Zero Malaria Starts with Me movement, with 25 countries now part of the grassroots-led campaign to accelerate action on the continent to end malaria. The anniversary follows significant commitments from endemic countries at the Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth...