This news release was originally published by the World Health Organization.
13 DECEMBER 2016 | GENEVA - WHO’s World Malaria Report 2016 reveals that children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa have greater access to effective malaria control. Across the region, a steep increase in diagnostic testing for children and preventive treatment for pregnant women has been reported over the last 5 years. Among all populations at risk of malaria, the use of insecticide-treated nets has expanded rapidly.
But in many countries in the region, substantial gaps in programme coverage remain. Funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining overall progress, jeopardizing the attainment of global targets.
The 2016 World Malaria Report, released today by the World Health Organization, highlights progress made towards malaria elimination, and puts forth a technical framework for all endemic countries as they work towards malaria control and elimination.
The report comments on declining malaria incidence and death rates, and increasing coverage of insecticide treated mosquito nets and the use of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) for pregnant women.
Despite these gains, progress towards malaria elimination must be accelerated in order to meet elimination targets, and more funding is needed in order to ensure sustainability.
Read the full report and its findings here.
This article was originally published by the Episcopal News Service.
A prolonged drought in Cunene Province, Angola, has led to food insecurity and extremely high levels of stunting and malnutrition among the population.
El Niño effects and four seasons of lower than average rainfall have affected more than 1.4 million people, including 756,000 children in the Southern African country. In the three most affected provinces, including Cunene, more than 800,000 people are food insecure, and an estimated 95,538 children under age 5 require treatment for severe malnutrition, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The Anglican Diocese of Angola, the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, and the dioceses of Manchester and London in England, are working in partnership to support Mothers Union members in delivering life-saving malnutrition interventions to children in the region.
In times of extreme drought, identifying malnourished children early saves lives. To date, the four Anglican Dioceses have supported the training of 40 Mothers Union members so they can screen children in their own communities and refer children to health facilities. It is anticipated that Mothers Union members will screen at least 3,600 children within the next six months and deliver six information and social behavior change workshops by the end of 2016.
The dioceses of Angola, New Hampshire, Manchester and London have been working in partnership for the last 10 years to support women and young girls, with the view that support for these groups leads to improved community livelihood, health and education.
The partnership in Angola is focused on supporting the Mothers Union in Cunene Province (Ondjiva, Namakunde and Santa Clara) in responding to local needs around malnutrition and education. The region’s drought, which began in 2014, has meant minimal to no harvest, as well as large impacts on livestock. In 2016, the expected long rains have failed again, and it is anticipated that this year will be even more challenging with more food insecurity.
While the training of Mothers Union members will certainly contribute to the health and wellbeing of Cunene, there is still a need to implement long-term strategies that will enhance community resilience and disaster risk reduction, such as:
ECHO (European Union), in collaboration with World Vision Angola, UNICEF and the Angolan Ministry of Health, are leading the response in Cunene and are working closely with the Mothers Union malnutrition program.