Worldwide in 2015, there were 214 million cases reported and 438000 mortalities from Malaria. Almost 3.2 billion (half of the World Population) is at risk of Malaria. 90% of the deaths occur in Sub-Sahara Africa, of which over 70% are deaths of children under 5 (World Malaria Consortium)
According to the Ministry of Health in Kenya, Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, 25 million out of a population of 44 million Kenyans are at risk of malaria accounting for 30-50% of all outpatient attendance and 20% of all admissions to health facilities. The most vulnerable group to malaria infections are pregnant women and children under the age of 5 years.
This year World Malaria Day in Kenya was celebrated in Kwale County, a coastal region endemic to Malaria. The event was attended by officials from the Ministry of Health, representatives from the County Government, Development Partners, and members of the public.
The programme manager of GIZ HSP, Dr Heide Richter-Airijoki was present at this event.
Kwale is one of the three focal Counties of the GIZ Health Sector Programme (GIZ HSP) in Kenya.
In marking the day, GIZ HSP handed over to the County a consignment of Flynets donated by Hecht International-Germany for use in health facilities in Kwale County. It is our hope that the Fly-nets will contribute to reduced incidence of malaria transmission to patients in these health facilities.
GIZ HSP support is focused on contributing to efforts aimed at improving access to quality healthcare which includes efforts towards eradicating malaria in Kenya.
German Development Corporation in Kenya through GIZ will continue to contribute to efforts towards improving health care delivery at both national and county levels to enable the country achieve its Vision 2030 goal for a healthy nation.2016-05-12
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