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Cameroon – Health: About 2600 deaths caused by malaria in 2016

As a prelude to the 10th World Day against Disease, the National Program will conduct a series of activities as of 18 April 2017 throughout the country.

In 2016, 2600 deaths from malaria were recorded in Cameroon. Even though this figure is far from 4,000 recorded last year, the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) is continuing its efforts to eradicate this scourge.

To talk about elimination, we have to go to 5%. The prevalence rate in Cameroon remains enormous. So we need to redouble our efforts in the fight, “said Dr. Dorothy Achu, Permanent Secretary of the NMCP. It should be noted that in Cameroon, the prevalence rate is 33.3% and 70% of deaths are children from 0 to 5 years. “The goal is to reduce the number of cases by 2018. One of the missions of the program is to facilitate access to effective interventions and affordable costs.

And it is as a prelude to the 10th World Malaria Day that is celebrated on April 25th that the NMCP intends to carry out many activities. Indeed, the theme chosen for this year is “Ending malaria for good” and the slogan, “We are the generation that can eliminate malaria“. In the program of activities, educational talks in schools, campaigns and advocacy, round table, training workshop, among others. These will be carried out in all the national territory.

It should also be noted that some statistics are still encouraging in the context of the fight against malaria in Cameroon. For example, malaria mortality increased from 17.6% in 2012 to 12.4% last year, a reduction of 29.4%. In addition, nearly 12 million impregnated mosquito nets were distributed between 2015 and 2016. According to the Permanent Secretary of the NMCP, the rate of household ownership after the campaign is 70% and the utilization rate Of insecticide-treated mosquito nets impregnated by the general population is 56%.

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