Private Sector's Role Vital For Fighting Malaria In Africa

Private Sector's Role Vital For Fighting Malaria In Africa

Panafrican News Agency, February 8, 2000


 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The involvement of NGOs and the local community is essential to curb the spread of malaria in each country in Africa, the UN and international agencies, involved as support team in the WHO's global efforts to check the spread of malaria, have observed.


They told the ongoing national conference "on roll back malaria in Ethiopia," that the central importance of checking the spread of malaria in Africa should be given to local communities.


The agencies, which comprise the WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank and USAID, make up the national malaria control joint support team for Ethiopia.


The multi-sectoral team is part of the global "roll back malaria initiative." It promotes the global concept and strategy by forging partnership with national and local bodies.


The USAID country director, Douglas Sheldon, said that malaria, like tuberculosis, was among re-emerging diseases previously thought to be under control.


He, therefore, noted that "global concern and appreciation" of the urgency of effective partnership to respond to malaria were improving.


"Rolling back malaria is a result of this growing global partnership," Sheldon added.


USAID approaches the case by working through other partners to strengthen local health systems and national programmes, and supporting research activities.


"These are critical to ensure long-term effectiveness and programme sustainability," Sheldon said, reiterating the US government's commitment to continue support for malaria eradication in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa.