The fourth cycle of the seasonal Malaria chemoprevention (SMC) campaign is underway, involving more than 2,700 volunteers in seven provincial regions of Borno. The World Health Organization (WHO) supports the State Department of Health to reach more than 850,000 children with antimalarial drugs at the end of the 2018 campaign.
This campaign aims to reduce the burden of malaria among children aged 3 to 59 months, especially those in brittle Borno, which tend to bite mosquitoes.
Collins Owili explains that Borno Province has introduced SMC campaigns to reduce the morbidity and mortality of children under five due to malaria.
In response to the high burden of malaria in the northeastern Nigeria, WHO began a seasonal malaria modeling campaign in 2017 in Borno Province to rapidly reduce the damage of malaria by saving 10,000 lives for children under five. "This campaign has worked well and we have continued to do four cycles this year, and I hope we can apply the lessons learned from the Nigerian northeastern campaign to other emergencies around the world," he said. .
The SMC is a WHO-recommended intervention for children under 5 years of age living in sub-Saharan Africa. Using this precautionary strategy especially for the peak transmission period (rainy season) can reduce severe malaria cases by about 75%.
Mala Waziri, Program Manager for the Bordeaux Province Malaria Program, confirmed the effectiveness of the intervention and said the burden of malaria has clearly decreased since modeling the movement in 2017. The seasonal malaria chemoprevention campaign in Borno proves that it has helped reduce the incidence of malaria in hospitals this year. "
The fourth cycle this year is the final plan for the malaria campaign in Borno. WHO and other partners will continue to emphasize the need to use SMCs to ensure that protected populations are protected from malaria after campaigning through the use of Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN). In addition, WHO will continue to support and promote partnerships as well as mobilization to support malaria control in Borno.
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