May 10, 2013 at 7:14am
Uganda launches largest Malaria Prevention Campaign
Over 15.5 million long lasting insecticide-treated nets are being distributed in Uganda with the support of the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, making it the largest malaria prevention campaign this year.
An estimated 300-500 million people are infected with malaria each year worldwide.
Most cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa, with approximately two million people dying each year.
Uganda's Minister of State Sarah Opendi, says “Malaria is common in over 95 percent of the population in the country", adding that "Uganda has the world's highest malaria incidence, and the disease is the leading cause of sickness and death in Uganda".
The Ministry of Health and its National Malaria Control Program aim to cut malaria-related deaths by 70 percent by the end of calendar year 2015.
To meet this goal, at least 85 percent of the population must be reached with effective prevention and treatment measures, including proper, continual use of long lasting insecticide-treated nets, indoor residual spraying, and ensuring preventive measures are addressed to most vulnerable populations like women and children.