Rwandan’s health authority says consistent use of treated mosquito nets and preventive interventions has helped the country slash malaria cases by 71% between 2016 and 2021.
The country recently received $53m as grant from the Global Fund as a contribution towards Rwf295bn ($280 million) required in malaria prevention and treatment between 2020 and 2024.
The Head of the Malaria and other Parasitic Infections Unit at the Rwanda Biomedical Centre, Dr Aimable Mbituyumuremyi, in an interview on Wednesday said that the sharp drop in the cases can mainly be attributed to massive campaigns carried out in 2017 and 2020.
Mbituyumuremyi revealed that the number of severe malaria cases has greatly improved.
In 2015/16, Rwanda recorded 18,000 severe malaria cases. However, in the 2019/20 fiscal year, the number is around 4,000 cases and for 2020/21, only 2,500 cases were recorded.
According to Mbituyumuremyi, the data on malaria deaths will be available in August 2021.
Mbituyumuremyi as well pointed out that in high burden areas where mosquitoes were being resistant, new generation mosquito nets were introduced and they have been more effective than the standard ones.
“The standard nets are being used in areas where the mosquitoes are easier to deal with. In high burden areas like Kigali city, Gicumbi, Rulindo, Muhanga, Karongi, Rusizi and Nyamasheke districts, we opted for high generation nets and they have been effective,” he said.