Drones against malaria
'Anti-malaria Drones' has planned to start a malaria control pilot project using a drone that sprays an environmentally sound biological control agent over rice fields in Western Kenya. 'Anti-malaria Drones' has now started a crowdfunding campaign to generate € 18.000 for this pilot. You can help to make this happen. Please visit www.antimalariadrones.com to read more and make your donation.
Will the Gambia be the first sub-Saharan country to eliminate malaria?
Malara prevalence dropped from 4.0% in 2011 to 0.2% reports the BBC. “We are proud that The Gambia has made major strides in its fight against malaria,” said Ms Saffie Lowe Ceesay, the Gambia’s health minister. “With the ongoing support of the international community, elimination of the disease is now within sight – a first for a sub-Saharan African country.” (The Point, 6 July 2017).
- Read: Malaria rates plunge in The Gambia. BBC, 13 July 2017
- Read: 'Gambia Poised to Become 4th Country to Eliminate Malaria'. The Daily Observer, 13 July 2017
- Read: 'Gambia nears malaria elimination'. The Point, 6 July 2017
What do you think, will the Gambia manage to achieve this success in the very nearby future? Share your opinion with us!
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WHO has just published its toolkit for Integrated Vector Management in sub-Saharan Africa. It is attached here for your perusal (and use!).
This toolkit for integrated vector management (IVM) is designed to help national and regional programme managers coordinate across sectors to design and run large IVM programmes. It is an extension of earlier guidance and teaching material provided by WHO: Handbook for integrated vector management , Monitoring and evaluation indicators for integrated vector management , Guidance on policy-making for integrated vector management and Core structure for training curricula on integrated vector management.