ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
The prevalence of the malaria disease in Tanzania
has gone down by almost half in the past three years, a senior
official said on Wednesday.
According to the
latest research figures on the disease of the National Bureau of
Statistics (NBS), the prevalence rate dropped from 14.4 percent
in 2015 to 7.3 percent in 2017.
Albina Chuwa, NBS
director general revealed this during the formal launch of the
2017 Tanzania Malaria Indicator Survey (2017 TMIS) report as
part of the International Malaria Day commemoration held in
western Tanzania’s region of Kigoma.
The survey was
implemented by NBS and the Chief Government Statistician’s
office in Zanzibar, in collaboration with the health ministries
of both the Mainland and Zanzibar.
The 2017 TMIS report
incorporates assessments of the level of ownership and use of
mosquito nets in the country and coverage of intermittent
preventive malaria treatments for pregnant women.
It also identifies
various treatment practices including the use of specific
anti-malarial medications for children aged 6 to 59 months and
measures the prevalence of the disease along with anaemia among
children of this age group.
Tanzania’s Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender,
Elderly and Children, cited regions with the highest rates of
malaria infections especially among children aged below five
years as Kigoma (leading with 24.4 percent), Geita (17.3
percent), Kagera (15.4 percent), and Tabora (14.8 percent).
Manyara, Njombe, Songwe, Dodoma and Songwe regions have the
lowest rate of infections with less than one percent each,
“As a nation and a
society, we should continue to join hands in fighting malaria,
especially for the sake of young children and expectant
mothers,” said the minister.
Tanzania launches distribution
of insecticide-treated nets to curb malaria
ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Tanzania on Tuesday launched a countrywide
program for distribution of Long-lasting Insecticide Treated
Nets (LLINs) in an effort to eliminate malaria in the east
Speaking in western
Tanzania’s region of Kigoma, at the official launch of the
program, Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender,
Elderly and Children, Ummy Mwalimu said that the country is on
the verge of eliminating malaria, adding that distributing such
nets will help the fight against malaria.
She further said:
“Through the program we are launching today, the
malaria-vulnerable population of pregnant women and children
under one year old will receive a net.”
The minister said
that for the last three years, Tanzania has taken a very big
step in fight against malaria as malaria new infections has gone
down by over 10 percent.
The launch of the
distribution of LLINs is among various activities held in the
country to commemorate the upcoming World Malaria Day on April
Tanzania steps up efforts to
DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian authorities said on Thursday that they
have stepped up measures to fight malaria, including
distributing 236,420 liters of biological anti-mosquito
pesticides across the country.
Ummy Mwalimu, the
Minister for Health, told parliament in the capital Dodoma that
the anti-malaria pesticides were specifically being used to
destroy mosquito larvae.
She told the House
that after taking various measures to fight the disease,
including the distribution of the anti-malaria pesticides, the
malaria prevalence rate has dropped to 7.3 percent in 2017 from
14.8 percent in 2016.
She said the
achievements were made following strengthened national health
systems, the level of investment in malaria control and a number
of other strides taken by the government.
Mwalimu said after
the measures taken by the government to fight malaria, the World
Health Organization (WHO) awarded her ministry with a
certificate of recognition.
minister said malaria continued to remain one of the major
threats to public health, causing hundreds of deaths annually.
Tanzania, 90 percent of the population lives in areas that carry
a high risk of malaria transmission, according to the National
Malaria Control Program.
presented a catalogue of priorities set by the ministry for the
next fiscal year that begins in July to improve health services
provision in the country.
included the strengthening of vaccination services to children
where she explained that up to December last year, all of the
targeted children had been vaccinated.