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Zambia sees an increase in malaria cases :Roll Back Malaria fight failure?

Health Zambia sees an increase in malaria cases :Roll Back Malaria fight failure?

FILE: Two women using a mosquito net to catch fish in Mongu. It is illegal to fish using a mosquito net

Vice President Inonge Wina has called on stakeholders to help Government in fighting Malaria.Mrs. Wina said the increase in cases of malaria especially in rural areas is a source of concern and requires concerted efforts from stakeholders.

Mrs Wina said malaria is a second killer especially among pregnant women. She was speaking when a team of Rotarian Malaria partners lead by its Co-Chairperson Mwangala Muyendekwa paid a courtesy call on her at her office.

She said Government appreciates the role that Rotarian Malaria Partners Zambia is playing in the elimination of malaria.Dr. Muyendekwa disclosed that the club has trained more than 2 thousand community workers who will be able to diagnose and treat Malaria.

After the Abuja Declaration on Roll Back Malaria in Africa in April 2000 the decade 2001- 2010 a was declared a Decade for Malaria. Efforts were intensified to halve the malaria mortality rate in Africa by 2010, and by 2005 for at least 60 per cent of those affected by malaria to have access to treatment within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms.

By 2011 Zambia had recorded a decline in malaria cases by over 60%.This surpassed the set Abuja and Roll Back Malaria (RBM) targets of reducing malaria illnesses and deaths by 50% by 2010.

However after unprecedented global success in malaria control, progress has stalled, according to the World malaria report 2017.

According to the Health Information Management System (HMIS)data,malaria incidence in Zambia increased from 230/1000 cases in 2010 to 335/1000 cases in 2015 and by 2017 incidence of malaria was 480 cases per 1000 people.

However despite government interventions like indoor residual spraying and distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets people have continued to die of malaria disease.This is attributed to low utilization and misuse of mosquito treated nets and washing of walls after spraying being practiced by some members of the community.Some residents use the distributed insecticide treated nets to fence their respective gardens.

According to WHO World malaria report a funding shortage was one of the reasons for the stalled progress in the global fight against malaria.

An estimated US$ 2.7 billion was invested in malaria control and elimination efforts globally in 2016. That is well below the US $6.5 billion annual investment required by 2020 to meet the 2030 targets of the WHO global malaria strategy.

In 2016, governments of endemic countries provided US$ 800 million, representing 31% of total funding. The United States of America was the largest international funder of malaria control programmes in 2016, providing US$1 billion (38% of all malaria funding), followed by other major donors, including the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, France, Germany and Japan.

Meeting the national malaria targets will only be possible through greater investment and expanded coverage of core tools that prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.


  1. “Vice President Inonge Wina has called on stakeholders to help Government in fighting Malaria.”

    Madame, if the stakeholders are supporters or members of LGBT community, are we going to be against teachings of “Christian Nation” as peddled by the bunch of 1mbeciles from your party? Shall we refuse all donations and grants given by the supporters of LGBT community?

    • We do not need donations from Homosexuals & Lesbian people. Let them give the money to that party we all know . This paarty has solicited lots of money from these people who love unnatural acts. If by chance that party wins the country will be the first african country to host the gay party in the streets of Lusaka. Zambians should ray hard to stop these people.

    • @Anti Gay, sorry to disappoint, you are already receiving money from organisations and countries that support LGBT. UK is one of the few countries!

    • This is what changed…

      ZAMRA stepped in to suspend pharmacies that gave malaria medication to patients without a prescription.

      Patients got turned away by pharmacies due to lack of prescription, even after the knowledgeable pharmacist identified all the signs and symptoms a medical doctor would, to diagnose and prescribe the medication.

      Malaria is huge. Patients don’t want to stand in day-long qeues while in that state. Pharmacies can play a huge role in the fight.

      But it is only in Zambia that the discretion of a Pharmacist is not respected.

  2. We should include this in our prayers for tommorrow,. Our GOD cannot fail to eliminate Malaria. Pastor Mumba, Bishop Imakando, Pastor Nwaka , Apostle SINYANGWE including Joshua Banda should come together and pray forb the elimination of Malaria!!! God Hear us!!!

  3. Lusaka has mosquitoes …apa they have increased a lot. you cant even tell whether they are pf or upnd mosquitoes . Elo heat coupled with load shedding plus mosquito, ala its not things. God help us.

  4. I think it was preposterous, absurd and somewhat presumptuous for the Ministry of Health to pretend that they could eliminate malaria. The parasite (Plasmodium malariae) and vector (Anopheles gambiae) are integral part of the Zambian natural ecosystem and use of high-sounding names like national malaria elimination is nothing but a stunt meant to get more money from so called stakeholders more appropriately DONORS!

    • Yes It could reduce the presence of mosquitoes if the money was used properly. Initially indoor residual spraying worked because they had not learnt how to steal the money. Later on they started diluting the medicine so much so that when my house was sprayed not a single mosquito died and even inflating the number of houses sprayed to justify the amount of money spent.

  5. Chitalu chilufya minister for health was telling the nation last year that malaria cases have reduced significantly.
    The vice president Wina is saying the opposite.
    What kind of confused government is this?
    Who is telling the truth?

  6. cases have gone up? Yes. Because GRZ has organised partners to roll out community health workers to test and treat for malaria in their areas. This will always increase cases – they are finding and clearing malaria that has always been there. But now they are finding it earlier so severe malaria and deaths have really reduced. Zambia has rich data around this disease but we need better reporting on what it means.

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