Namibia aims to eradicate Malaria in foreseeable future

Despite a surge in malaria cases in 2020, since the beginning of a good rainy season, Namibia remains committed to remain among the 21 nations that can eradicate this mosquito-borne disease foreseeable future. In fact, in 2016 the World Health Organisation (WHO) published an analysis and identified Namibia as one of these 21 countries that stands an excellent chance to could eliminate totally by 2020.

The three main criteria used by researchers were a) trends in malaria case incidence between 2000 and 2014; b) declared malaria objectives of affected countries; and c) informed opinions of WHO experts in the field (quoted from website: WHO/Africa/Namibia.

Namibia being amongst the selected 21 countries is participating in this innovative regional project in an attempt to have zero malaria cases by 2020.

“The country’s progress towards reducing the transmission of malaria is impressive.  Malaria incidence reduced significantly by 97% between 2000 and 2012 with a slight increase in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017”, the report quotes.

The surge in malaria cases are seasonal and thus the need to increase control measures to ensure complete elimination. Namibia has seen an increase of cases of malaria since exceptionally good rains in malaria prone areas in the last weeks of 2019 and over the first several months of 2020.

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