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this is the news africa coming up in the next fifteen minutes on world malaria day we gonna end kenya are administering the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquitoes spread disease we have a report from god that women area kills three children every day. will also get a report from mozambique where malaria and fictions are picking up in the aftermath of last month's deadly cycle. i'm christine wonderwall come to africa i'm glad you're tuned in today is world malaria day it's a disease that was once on the decline but now on the rise again the world health organization estimates malaria killed four hundred thirty five thousand people in twenty seventeen alone most of those who die african children under the age of five
efforts to fight the disease have stagnated and recent he isn't pots of africa infection rates have actually risen but there's hope this week as three african countries rolled out a program of bax a nation it's hoped the programs in malawi kenya and gonna will dramatically cut the disease this report from one of those countries gone fishing which. on the outskirts of ghana treats me and many of them i hear because of my leave. the hospital records over one hundred suspected malaria cases we've confirmed. among children under five years the disease doesn't span from adults. still remains the number one cause of hospital attendance. i saw a very high percentage of the patients who report to this hospital for treatment
come because of malaria and they also diagnosed us. for us we have both complicated and on complicated malaria and of malaria among children under five. cent and in the in their grown ups and they aged three years ago get a record it half a million malaria related admissions to hospital the health ministry says that dropped by a fifth to four hundred thousand by twenty eighteen thanks to programs like this one the lead agency hoping with campaigns for over a decade now is the control program a major challenge is getting people to change the behavior change their behavior intercepting these interventions which are known to be effective. change behavior in shoes in the nets when we give out to them for free. into your homes to spread
your house for the areas that are eligible and for children under five taking the my bones and the wards aseptic going to be giving them a decent pregnant lot issues has to do with behavior change for people here despite the gains there remains a major cause of death in ghana the country's targets in zero g.'s by twenty thirty but in many communities. choked with stagnant water where mosquitoes breed in me again i joints malawi and kenya to pay a lot already tested malaria scenes for over one hundred twenty thousand children aged twenty four months and younger have gone through a lot of with regards to various impacts but it will reduce. the number of maria. due to marry this interim reducing area does
four in ten and this is. useful gains that you think that as a country when you move ahead and then introduced this introduction in selective districts and finally really not to the country it will out as a catalyst to our efforts to admit when area. is estimated to have killed around five hundred people in twenty eighteen that's a figure officials want to reduce fade out but it's like these about mosquito sprays shoot that defy it isn't movie aids and joining me now is yeah he is africa representative for his image safe or doxes without borders he specializes in public health and is involved in research enjoys me now from yale would have all come see new africa mr bloom is this the of by the vaccine that will end malaria.
well thank you for thank you for inviting me to first mention that i represent a piece on the research of m.s.f. attorney well it gives vaccine is really a great promise it's the first maybe that we show recently because what does that mean it's mean that for children out of ten can be protected from malaria if they take the four doors of the vaccine and that is defeat depicted on nothing and we should congratulate order research that i've been working on that. all our research on the. ok i see and i guess the emphasis that some experts have made here to say that the introduction off this vaccine should not take away from existing if it's for example giving people bed nets and insecticides that couldn't be elaborated too much can it. yes definitely it's first of all this is a pilot
a pilot and magician of the vaccine which means that we need to get a more information of how we walk in real life disappointing is that the vaccine is one tool among all of the orders in all those already proven to be effective i'm talking about the i'm talking about the combination treatment so those one already come. it's like seeing that you know where. you can drive a twenty kilometer per hour in a city center that doesn't make sense put a vaccine is coming to it all the puzzle that we can use to address the issue of malaria. all right missteps so what i mean when it's taken about fifty is to get to where we are today in terms of danger to a developing this particular vaccine and whilst on the subject let's talk about something that you are there taking any passionate about and that is africans developing and creating nations to our societal and health problems we're not
seeing enough of that on the continent are we. actually does the local thing happening in a country for some for example we've been finding a way of being able to. using those might be test but also how to shorten the duration of cuba as a treatment in uganda. you know there is also diarrhea so we are able to prove that you can use a vaccine we don't call chen in a country where the temperature is high a forty degree so the lot of things happening. people are. trying to understand and to address some of those issues so a lot is happening however we are not the one leading how research. and that poses a problem for us right and i guess normally when we hear things like this we tend to look at all governments and we say that is where the failure you use suggests that the civil sector as well the civil society should be paying its arse yes
definitely i do you know in africa we've never had as many billionaires as we have now we have done pulling cameroon don't go to nigeria or to peace and africa so those people invest in finding innovative solutions to to promote if not how can we be just implementor we want to be able to drive the research and provide dick with and really vent solution maybe something that. very quickly if you're one of the researcher you list likely to be first in a research publication if you're walking in partnership with the top five american university so it's like some someone else telling your story these one house to be addressed with the support of those philanthropists to mean to be able to provide and ridicule search right that's the up there with a challenge to africa's billionaires thank you thank you.
when syco new diet through mozambique last month that killed more than a thousand people left widespread destruction in its wake but the damage wasn't just houses and infrastructure you die also struck a body blow to malaria programs krishna ports on the medical crisis left by the storm. here in the village of. the waiting room at the medical center is overcrowded fourteen year old and his mother are among those who have been waiting here for hours. in. my head always feel so hot in the night i lost my appetite my legs feel heavy as if there's hardly any blood flowing through them it. says a village was destroyed when cyclonic died tore through the area for letting most buildings and destroying them and the subsequent flooding even the medical center was damaged by
a falling tree. the force of nature and the destruction are still visible all over . but while the reconstruction is continuing there's a major concern right now diseases and in particular malaria. some parts of the region are still submerged providing ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes and his mother have had to sleep in the open with no protections against the insects since their home was destroyed you may get to the bridge don't have any mosquito nets i was swept away in the floods along with a whole house no one has given us new nets. finally it's moved us to and to see the doctor the only one at this clinic and fears confirmed he has malaria like so many others of the patients seen here by dr candy to add to in recent weeks. the void. was following the cycle of the
number of malaria diarrhea cases has increased compared to previous months. i think some areas still waterlogged after the psycho and the floods that's where the mosquitoes breed we need to launch a campaign to stop the mosquitoes from spreading. mother receives the mets and he needs in exchange for a symbolic fee of one cents a good thing since that's just about all she can afford to pay now she can only hope that the drugs work and that she and moose will soon have a roof as well as mosquito nets over their heads. ok we're going to take you back to gone for a minute and have a look at a novel way of getting vaccines to the places they're needed the government has just launched a feat of drones it's an ill rather part of an ambitious plan to leave the problems of providing basic medicines in the country with closed roads for distribution
bases off and vaccines are noted on to the drones been flown to clinic each base will have the machines them service around five hundred cynic's in an economics of radius it's hoped more than twelve million people will benefit from the that's around forty percent of gun is occupation. that's the bundy devaney's africa as always you can catch all our stories and then on news and our web site facebook page we need you now with images of the millions march protest in the sudanese capital by phone to.
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