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Govt sees malaria beaten in 6 years

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    Govt sees malaria beaten in 6 years

    2009-03-26 11:19:32
    By Guest Writer Jan Ajwang


    Following Monday`s release of a new global map on malaria, the government has expressed hope that Tanzania will triumph over the killer disease in six years` time.

    The map shows Tanzania as one of sub-Saharan African countries with the highest prevalence of malaria and is one of the latest initiatives in rolling back the disease.

    Health and Social Welfare deputy minister Aisha Kigoda said on Tuesday that the release of the map would enhance Tanzania`s fight against malaria ``with more knowledge about the disease and its prevalence across the country so that we can kick it out by 2015``.

    ``The map will be of use to health workers, policymakers, researchers and other players in the war on malaria. It will help them in more easily identifying the places worst hit and thus enable them to focus on them faster,`` she added.

    She described the map as a good thing to the country and the donor community, elaborating: ``All these could use it to know exactly where the problem lies so that appropriate support or assistance can be directed to the most disadvantaged areas.``

    Malaria is the ninth most significant cause of death and disability globally and is among the leading killers of under-fives and expectant mothers in Tanzania.

    It also contributes to one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world.

    The map was done by a multinational team of over 200 researchers, funded by the UK`s Wellcome Trust and released under the Malaria Atlas Project.

    ``The maps also show that almost all populations at medium and high levels of risk live in sub-Saharan Africa where the disease, death and disability burdens from malaria remain high,`` noted a Wellcome Trust statement.

    Accompanying study results show that 70 per cent of the 2.4 billion people at some risk of infection with the malaria parasite live in areas of unstable or low endemic risk, where the technical obstacles to control of the disease are relatively small.

    They further show that obstacles to malaria control mainly stretch from lack of knowledge about the disease, poor access to medical care and treatment.

    ``The map published today is the first in an annual series, which will help monitor and evaluate progress towards international targets for control and elimination,`` Dr Simon Hay, lead researcher who manages the project from the Department of Zoology at the UK`s University of Oxford, said.

    Prof Bob Snow from the University of Oxford and the Kenyan Medical Research Institute, who heads the MAP group in Kenya, meanwhile explained that charting the future success of international efforts to control and eliminate malaria ``requires a map of the present-day situation which, when systematically updated, will indicate the progress achieved in ten, twenty and thirty years` time``.

    Rather than guessing what`s happened, he said, the MAP`s intention has been ``to record, model and map developments, giving donors and national governments an evidence-based perspective on what their investments have achieved``.

    Most of the international support for malaria-endemic countries is coordinated and dispersed by the Global Fund for Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    The new map has been welcomed by its Executive Director, Prof Michel Kazatchkine, who noted: ``We need to increase the information available to us and to our donors to demonstrate that investing in malaria control does indeed reduce the numbers of people at risk worldwide.``

    ``With this kind of information, we can reassure donors by graphically showing progress and highlight where further investments are most needed,`` he pointed out.

    The National Malaria Control Programme says Tanzania has between 16 and 18 million cases of malaria occurring each year and ending in more than 100,000 deaths.

    Malaria accounts for some 30 per cent of the country`s disease burden, with some 35 per cent of deaths occurring at hospitals.

    Statistics show that 37 per cent of the deaths are of children aged below five years, while pregnant women account for 25 per cent of maternal deaths.

    The government has set 2015 as the target to eradicate the disease, which eats up 3.4 per cent of the gross domestic product.


    SOURCE: Guardian
     
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    ZeMarcopolo JF-Expert Member

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    The map can not help us kick malaria, no way. In six years?!!! Is Kigoda serious??? we are far far away from kicking malaria in this century. In the current trend malaria will always remain a threat to global health, unless we choose to take the right path.>>> Kill the mosquitos, train personel to diagnose the disease early, provide appropriate treatment, educate on prevention especially use of bednets(and facilitaty their ownership), fund malaria research.<<< Does anyone see these done effectively in the next 6 years or even in this century? well I dont see it...
     
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    Malaria in Zanzibar and Sao Tome and Principe Islands will soon be a history as cases have gone down over 80% in the last 5 years!

    Kama wao wanaweza kwa nini sisi tushindwe??
     
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    Fundi Mchundo JF-Expert Member

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    Vile ni visiwa kwa hiyo ni rahisi zaidi ku-control Malaria!
     
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    MzalendoHalisi JF-Expert Member

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    Fundi Mchundo,

    Hii yote natambua pia!

    Ila kama pengine inawezekana sisi kwa nini tunakubali kushindwa??

    Will malaria be in historical books in tanzania after 2015?

    Kama taifa tukiamua inawezekana may be kama sii 2015 basi 2020!
     
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    Unajua viongozi wengi wa Tanzania hawako serious, huwa wanafanya paper works sana kuliko utekelezaji? kwa jinsi ninavyoiona Tanzania katika swala zima la kupambana na malaria naona bado tuko mbali sana labda 2050!!!
     
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    Nakubaliana nawe kiasi, Mkuu. Vitu kama hivi ndivyo vinavyoonyesha tusivyo makini. Kwa nini 2015 na sio 2014 au 2016. Hii ni tarehe wameitoa kwenye kofia bila hata kuifanyia kazi. Malaria inawezekana kuwa controlled kama sio kuondolewa kabisa. Lakini hii haitatokea bila kupanga mipango na mikakati inayotazama hali halisi na uwezo wa taifa. Tarehe au mwaka ungefuata baada ya kufanya hiyo mipango na sio kabla. Kwa kufanya hivyo hii imekuwa ni slogan ya kisiasa wala si ya utekelezaji.

    Amandla.........
     
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    Kwa sisi ambao sasa hivi tuko huku vijijini ndio tunaona tatizo la Malaria lilivyo kubwa. Kwanza Serikali yetu inahitaji kutoa elimu ya kutosha kabisa ya juu ya huu ungonjwa wa malaria. then ndio utekelezaji wa udhibiti undelee. kwa figure kama hizi za 2015 kwamba tutakuwa tumeshaizika na kuisahau malaria naona ni kama ndoto za mchana.
     
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    kama wanasema hivi "The National Malaria Control Programme says Tanzania has between 16 and 18 million cases of malaria occurring each year and ending in more than 100,000 deaths".

    Hakuna uwezekano wowote ule wa kuitokomeza malaria by 2015!!
     
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    mmaroroi JF-Expert Member

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    Malaria iwe miongoni mwa magonjwa yanayotibiwa bure na serikali kama UKIMWI,TB,UKOMA nk.Ni kwa njia hiyo tu ndipo serikali itaokoa maisha ya waTZ wengi wanaoteketezwa na malaria.
     
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    This is a very unrealistic and in-achivable target. Sijui wakoje!!

    Hii nzuri sana, hata vyama vya siasa vinatakiwa kuja na sera angalau kama hii kwenye sera zao za afya, tutaona angalau wana lengo la kuwasaidia wananchi.
     
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    ni kweli kabisa mkuu, lazima sera ya kutokomeza malaria iwe kwenye sector zote!!
     
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    Wakijitahidi wataweza, lakini wakileta siasa (warsha, makongamano nk) katika hili jambo hakuna kitu. Tunashindwa kudhibiti ugonjwa dhaifu kabisa kipindupindu kisilipuke miaka nenda rudi, halafu Malaria tuiangamize ndani ya miaka 6.
     
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    Nakubaliana na wewe mkuu, kutokomeza malaria ndani ya miaka 6 ni vigumu sana, kwa sababu ya kupiga kabobo badala ya kufanya utekelezaji.
     
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    Mkuu Thanks Sana;

    Naomba kusema kwamba hakuna tiba ya bure kutoka kwa serikali, somebody is paying for that service ndugu yangu na bado hali si kama tulivyotegemea ingawa kuna positive improvements. Kwa undani kidogo ni kwamba hatutaweza tokomeza chochote kama hatutabadili sera na strategies na kuacha vitu vya kwenye makaratasi.

    Tunatumia billions kupambana na malaria, billions kupambana na ukimwi [tena hapa billions kwenye prevention na billions kwenye care and treatment], billions kwenye kila ugonjwa hata matende na mabusha... lakini tatizo ni hatuna integrated strategies zinazoanzia chini [primary health care]. tupo ndani ya vertical initiatives ambazo zinaongeza overheads, zinastretch human resources zetu chache ambazo hata capacity ya ku-run mambo hakuna etc etc.

    HATUTAWZA TOKOMEZA MALARIA HADI TUBADILI MIKAKATI YETU AMBAYO IKO KATIKA PROJECT SET-UPS BILA STRONG LEADERSHIP AT THE TOP AND OUTPUT ORIENTED PERSONALITIES, WE ARE GOOD IN SITTING, REVIEWING, PRESENTING AND STRATEGIZING AGAIN........ WE NEED TO HAVE OUTPUT ORIENTED MINDS AND EXECUTIONS
     
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    Yani inabidi kubadili atitude zetu ili Tanzania iweze kupamaba na haya Magonjwa!
     
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    Sasa elezeni basi nini kifanyike sio kusema tu
     
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    kimeshasemwa, we need to change au hujaelewa? project mind/vertical approach should be removed, more PPP, recruit output oriented people and not the long serving people kama kwaida, peformance based rewards and executors not mangimezas

    nee we say more?
     
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