The WHO representative has said The Gambia recorded considerable advances in malaria control over the years. Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses said the country is implementing nearly all available malaria control prevention and control interventions, such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, diagnostic testing, and anti-malarial medicines. He said the WHO country office would continue to provide guidance on evidence-based strategies to better target malaria interventions, and strengthen the existing health systems towards a malaria-free Gambia.
The WHO Gambia representative said this year’s theme reflects the vision of a malaria-free world as set out in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria, 2016-2030. The strategy, adopted in May 2015 by the World Health Assembly, aims to dramatically lower the global malaria burden over the next 15 years. He said to achieve the targets of the global strategy, annual investment for malaria control needs to triple from current levels, reaching US$8.7 billion annually by 2030.
The Programme Manager at NMCP, Balla Kandeh, said WMD represents a chance for all stakeholders, be it government, a company or an individual, to make a difference. He said together malaria can be rolled back to help generate broad gains in health and human development. He added the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership in The Gambia has been working to mobilise global support and resources to reduce the malaria burden.
The NMCP programme manager called on all stakeholders to redouble efforts in the fight against malaria by nurturing and strengthening the RBM partnership. He expressed gratitude to the management and staff of Access Bank Gambia “for giving out a handsome donation” for the commemoration of WMD.
At this year’s WMD commemoration, the global malaria community will report on the progress made to save a million lives through the delivery of malaria interventions such as LLINs, RDTs, antimalarial drugs and indoor residual spraying.