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What Kenya can learn from Malaria-free Algeria

The World Health Organization has officially recognized Algeria as a malaria free zone.

This is the second country in Africa to be declared malaria-free after Mauritius, which was certified in 1973.

The certification is given to a country after it has proved that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of Malaria for at least 3 consecutive years.

Here is what Kenya can learn from Algeria to help it attain a malaria free zone status: 

  • Algeria worked tirelessly to ensure no one is neglected in the preventive measures of malaria.
  • Medical personnel in Algeria ensured malaria was detected and cured at an early stage.
  • Leaders in Algeria held forums and campaigns to educate the public on malaria.
  • Algeria has a committed and well trained health-workforce that provides universal healthcare
  • The workforce has a quick response policy to malaria outbreaks.

According to WHO survey of 2015,  malaria remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Kenya with more than 70 percent of the population at risk of the disease.

 

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