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  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO), has
    commended the African region for making
    significant progress in malaria control in the last
    five years.
    Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director
    for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday,
    said malaria incidence and mortality rates had
    declined by 42 per cent and 66 per cent
    respectively between 2000 and 2015.
    Moeti made the commendation in Kigali,
    Rwanda, while speaking at the First Africa Health
    Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the
    Government of Rwanda.
    She said for the first time, a malaria vaccine has
    been launched by the organisation offering
    partial protection for children, especially those
    vulnerable to the disease.
    Moeti said domestic governments from the WHO
    African region contributed over $528 million to
    support the fight against the disease in 2015.
    She said the number of adults and children
    newly infected with HIV in the region has also
    declined by 19 per cent in the last five years;
    from 1.63 million to 1.37 million.
    According to her, the region is on the verge of
    eradicating polio; HIV treatment scale-up is
    continuing with an estimated 12.1 million
    people receiving anti retroviral therapy (ART) by
    the end of 2015.
    The regional director noted that the Millennium
    Development Goals (MDGs) era contributed to
    many of the successes in the fight against these
    diseases.
    “By the end of 2015, maternal mortality in the
    Region fell by 45 per cent from the year 2000,
    and newborn deaths dropped by 38 per cent
    during the same period.
    “Although there had been major improvements
    over the last decade, there are still critical health
    issues that need to be discussed and tackled in
    order to bring the 2063 vision of health and well
    being into reality.
    “Africa has the advantage; as the world is
    getting older, our population is getting younger.
    “There is so much potential to harness this
    vitality and energy to create health systems that
    suit all.
    “We need to act now to safeguard the health of
    the youths by creating youth-friendly health
    services and encouraging healthy lifestyles.
    “We want our youths to not just be beneficiaries
    of services, but to be with us at the decision-
    making table as we partner across sectors for a
    more prosperous, sustainable future for
    everyone in Africa,” Moeti said.
    She emphasised the need to work with the
    private sector, African philanthropists and youths
    to tackle these challenges and get concrete
    results in improving the health of the people.
    Anastase Murekezi, the Prime Minister of
    Rwanda, was quoted as saying “partnerships
    and stronger collaboration are critical for better
    access to quality, affordable healthcare for
    everyone in Africa.
    He said being healthy is the basis for all socio-
    economic development, adding that without it
    nothing will work.
    According to Murekezi, for this reason, African
    countries must work together and share
    experiences which will translate the 2063 vision
    of health and well being into reality.
    He, therefore, called on countries in the region
    to set up strategies that would help them
    implement the resolutions from the forum.
    He urged the private sector in Africa to invest
    more in the health sector, while appealing to
    other stakeholders to support the regions effort.
    “With a rising young population, the urgent need
    for concrete actions to address the health of
    youth and adolescents will be central to the
    discussions at the two day forum.
    “Africa is the only region in the world where the
    population as a whole is getting younger.
    People under the age of 18 make up 50 per cent
    of the population in 15 countries in sub-Saharan
    Africa.
    “However, despite the vitality of youths, HIV has
    disproportionately affected African children and
    adolescents; during the 30 years of the global
    HIV epidemic, around 17 million children lost
    one or both parents to AIDS.
    “90 per cent of these children live in sub-
    Saharan Africa.
    “In addition, the growth of non-communicable
    diseases (NCD) in Africa has seen a rise in NCD-
    related deaths of 27 per cent over the last 10
    years.
    “If this growth continues, there will be an
    obvious knock-on effect on the health of young
    people in Africa,” the prime minister said.
    The theme of the forum is “Putting People First:
    The Road to Universal Health Coverage in
    Africa”.

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