Ethiopia: Nation Striving to Eliminate Malaria By 2030, Says Health Minister

A Namibian woman mounts a mosquito net provided by Isdell (file photo).

Addis Ababa — Ministry of Health announced that Ethiopia has been exerting enormous efforts to eliminate malaria by 2030.

Briefing the press in connection with World Malaria Day today, Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse said the country is striving to meet WHO's aspiration of zero malaria case by 2030.

She noted that the ministry prioritizes malaria elimination and prevention in its 10-year health sector plan.

Presently, the country is working to eliminate the disease in 565 selected malaria prone woreda, the minister revealed.

According to her, the ministry has above all prepared a five-year malaria prevention strategy from 2021-2025; and it has managed to secure 105.3 million USD from Global Fund to achieve the strategy.

Dr. Lia stated that about 10 million people have been protected from malaria in the past 9 months by introducing preventive interventions.

She further disclosed malaria cases have declined from 1.5 million a year ago to 1.2 million.

The efforts 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.

World Health Organization Representative, Dr. Esther Marry Aceng said Ethiopia is one of the countries in the world that is aggressively working to prevent and eliminate malaria.

She said that Ethiopia is making commendable efforts to control and finally eliminate malaria cases from its territory.

Dr. Aceng pointed out that reported cases, deaths and epidemic of malaria have declined significantly when compared to the baseline years.

It was indicated that malaria cases in Ethiopia has dropped to 57 percent in 2019.

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