6/18/2012 3:30:00 PM

Cases of Malaria down by more than 80% in Sudan

During the Malaria Directorate Managers conference in May, 2012, held in the city of Kassala in Sudan; the coordinator of the National Malaria Program, Dr Khalid, highlighted that continuous investment in the program would create a positive impact on malaria cases and help to achieve the goal of eliminating fatalities from the disease by 2013.
He reiterated that Vector Control is a key component of the national malaria control program strategy; and should include indoor residual spraying of houses across the localities and use of mosquito nets. Preventative vector control measures should be run in conjunction with a broad plan including anti-malarial therapy (92% of health units are expected to be involved).

The federal Ministry of Health declared that Malaria cases have already dropped by over 80% and fatalities due to malaria by 60% since 2000.*

During the meeting for the launch of WHO’s Global Plan for Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) in Malaria Vectors (15th of May in Geneva) the Honourable Minister of Health of Sudan Dr. Bahar Idris Abu Garda and his team were congratulated for the fact that Sudan has the best IRM program in malaria. The success of the program is based on the rotational use of Ficam® (bendiocarb) in areas with kdr resistance.

*Source: Al Rai Al Amm, 12.05.2012