Malaria can be eradicated - 'Sri Lanka shows that malaria can be eliminated'

14 October, 2018

At a meeting of the Roll Back Malaria in 2005 in Ladi Kwale Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, we under Cross River State Ministry of Health argued that Malaria can be eradicated in Nigeria, and not just rolled back. Officials thought we were dreamers inspite of our robust evidence informed submission.

We share below courtesy of Tropical Health, what Sri Lanka did to eradicate malaria from its territory (that is not dissimilar to Nigeria) two years ago: READ ON

'[tropicalhealth] Sri Lanka shows that malaria can be eliminated - SciDev.Net South-East Asia & Pacific 13 Oct at 19:27

Sri Lanka's success has demonstrated that elimination is possible in Asia Pacific, and in tropical settings more broadly. This is important. In Asia Pacific, two billion people are still at risk of contracting malaria.

o Sri Lanka celebrates its second malaria-free year

o Success depended on fighting both parasite and mosquito

o Financial and political commitment plus coordination vital

Malaria once ravaged Sri Lanka, killing thousands of people, reducing economic growth and depleting entire communities. Today, Sri Lanka is celebrating two full malaria-free years, an achievement that few other countries in the region have achieved.

To succeed, Sri Lanka had to overcome huge challenges, including two decades of civil war and heavy population movements across borders — factors that left tthe nnation highly receptive to the spread of malaria.

Sri Lanka shows that malaria can be eliminated

Sri Lanka's success in fighting the wily malaria parparasite has lessons for Asia Pacific and the tropics.


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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group:

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