Dr. Abdourahmane Diallo, Managing Director of the RBM Partnership, the largest global platform to fight the deadly disease, said: “This year, in the worst of circumstances, countries have shown that they don’t have to choose between protecting the population from Covid-19 or Malaria; they can and should do both. ”
For example, this year more than 200 million insecticide-treated nets are slated to be distributed in more than 30 countries, including Benin, Sierra Leone and South Sudan, where door-to-door network distribution campaigns have sprung up during the pandemic.
Dr. Diallo added, “Despite the unprecedented challenges, it is a remarkable achievement that countries and their partners around the world have successfully continued planned malaria efforts – including distributing record numbers of insecticide-treated nets and continuing the march to zero malaria – to ensure this, communities remain protected from the deadly mosquito bite. ”
Twenty million children across the Sahel are protected through seasonal malaria chemoprevention campaigns in 12 countries. 300,000 children have been vaccinated in Kenya, Malawi and Ghana since the pilot vaccination program started last year.
Countries that had not registered malaria cases for three consecutive years, including El Salvador and China, were also able to maintain their status.