Kenya, Ghana & Malawi Malaria vaccine Implementation

Nairobi, KENYA, April 18, 2018 - Kenya has been selected alongside Ghana and Malawi for piloting of Malaria vaccine programme in Africa. The piloting will start later this year and will inform in-country policy said the Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki in a speech read by Dr. Patrick Amoth, Senior Deputy Director of Medical Services during the Pre World Malaria Day 2018 media breakfast in Nairobi today.  
The CS said this year, the Ministry of Health will oversee the development of a new Malaria Strategy that build on the gains made so far and also align the strategy to the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda.
The Government she added is currently in talks with the Cuban Government on the implementation of vector control in Kenya through larviciding - killing of mosquito larvae through spraying with insecticide, targeting eight Lakeside endemic counties.
The move comes in the wake of significant strides in combating malaria in the country with the overall prevalence of the disease dropping from 11% in 2010 to 8% currently. The proportion of out-patient visits attributable to malaria has also reduced from 30% during the same period.
This year’s global theme for world malaria day is “Ready to Beat Malaria” and the Kenya’s national slogan is “Nimejitolea Kupambana Na Malaria.” The major event will be held on 25th April in Kisii County. The CS observed that control of malaria and attainment of Universal Health Coverage will need concerted efforts from national and county governments, development partners and the private sector. At the moment 94% of health facilities have the capacity to diagnose malaria said Dr. Waqo Ejesa, Head of the National  Malaria Control Programme.

Participants follow proceedings during a media briefing ahead of the Wolrd Malaria Day to be marked on 25th April 2018