Kenya and Ghana to Rollout Malaria Vaccine

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In Nigeria the current regulatory policy on patent and propriety medicine vendors (PPMV) does not permit them perform minimal invasive procedure which include performance of malaria test that requires finger picking to collect blood, if this could be lifted the prevalence rate of misuse of antimalarial drugs would reduce as most people are customers to these over-the-counter counter drug vendors.

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, said on Thursday, 25 April 2019, in Abuja that "On World Malaria Day, the United States is proud to recognize our partnership with Nigeria and support your fight to beat this deadly disease". Regular screening of blood is an essential component that can potentially end transfusion-transmitted malaria.

Dr. Asuquo Ekwe, the Programme Manager, Roll Back Malaria in Cross River State, has described behavioural change as a panacea to malaria prevention and treatment in Nigeria.

Malaria kills over 250, 000 children in Africa every year, according to the WHO. Malaria remains to be a global health burden on us more than ever, according to WHO's latest World malaria report, no significant reduction in malaria cases have been noticed in the period 2015 to 2017.

The vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites, Kayange, adds. "We don't know how long it will take to develop the next-generation vaccine", he said.

Some experts warned the vaccination programs should not divert limited public health funds from affordable and proven tools to curb malaria such as bed nets and insecticides.

Financing for this vaccination program has been mobilized through three key global health funding bodies: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; and Unitaid.

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He said he is committed to the fight against malaria and his organisation is now rolling out a comprehensive malaria training programme for staff aimed at increasing awareness, prevention and control.

"We have seen tremendous improvements from bed nets and other measures to control malaria, but progress stalled and even reversed in some areas", said World Health Organization director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus.

The other country picked two years ago to pilot the vaccine is Ghana.

"When I will go home, I will talk to friends and to other women in the community about the malaria vaccine", she said. In total, 360,000 children will get the vaccinated.

A major trial of the world's first malaria vaccine is under way in Africa - starting with Malawi, followed by Kenya and Ghana.

"The pilots will take four years to complete", Dr Hamel said.

The programme, which held at Bariga Local Council Development Area secretariat in Bariga, Lagos, featured paper presentations, screening for malaria, among other ailments. This week, the vaccine was launched in Malawi, with the goal of vaccinating almost 360,000 children every year until 2022.

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