World Malaria Day slated for Katima, Rundu and Oshikango
19 Apr 2014 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 APR (NAMPA) Namibia will commemorate World Malaria Day from Tuesday to Friday next week in the Zambezi, Kavango and Ohangwena regions, respectively.
This years commemoration will be conducted under the global theme Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria.
An invitation to the event issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Services on Friday said that under this theme, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) campaign called Racing Against Malaria (RAM) will have convoys of malaria teams travel through the northern and north-eastern parts of Namibia en route to Angola.
The RAM convoy teams are made up of representatives from Malawi, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana, and Angola. These groups will pass through Katima Mulilo (Zambezi Region) on 22 April 2014, Rundu (Kavango) on 23 April 2014, and Oshikango (Ohangwena) on 24 April 2014 en-route to the main event at Santa Clara/Odjiva in Angola on 25 April 2014.
While passing through the above-mentioned towns the ministry will have various mini-events on these dates, it stated.
Namibia has made great strides in the reduction of deaths related to malaria which claimed 7 000 lives at independence to just 10 deaths in 2013.
Due to concerted scientific efforts made by the health ministry, Namibia has reduced malaria cases by over 90 per cent in the last two years.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said malaria still kills an estimated 627 000 people every year, mainly children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa.