ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s health ministry said on Sunday it is exerting great efforts to achieve the World Health Organization or WHO’s target and eliminate malaria cases within ten-year.
Apart from aligning WHO’s zero malaria case by 2030 target in its 10-year health sector plan, country’s health officials have devised a five-year malaria prevention strategy which runs from 2021-2025.
The country has already managed to secure 105.3 million US dollars from the Global Fund to achieve its objective, according to state-run Ethiopian news agency.
Ethiopia is currently working to eliminate the disease in 565 malaria prone Woredas, Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse said on Sunday while briefing reporters on World Malaria Day.
About 10 million people have been protected from malaria in the past 9 months by introducing preventive interventions, she said, adding cases have already declined from 1.5 million a year ago to 1.2 million.
This trend shows that the country can manage to eliminate the disease by 2030, the minister noted, calling on stakeholders and partners to collaborate on the elimination work.
“As we commemorate World Malaria Day we should recommit to prevent, control and #eliminate malaria which is preventable, treatable and should not be taking any life,” Dr. Lia said.
The World Health Organization has confirmed that the East African nation is one of the countries in the world that is aggressively working to prevent and eliminate malaria.
Cases, deaths and epidemic of malaria have declined significantly when compared to the baseline years, Dr. Esther Marry Aceng, WHO’s country representative. The number Malaria cases in Ethiopia has dropped to 57% in 2019.