Rwanda attained two consecutive rewards for Malaria fight
According to the New Times, Rwanda was one of eight countries to meet the MDG target and one of 13 overall that were recognized for their progress in the fight against malaria. There has been a significant decline in malaria cases and deaths in Rwanda, with the World Health Organization projecting that the country will reduce the malaria incidence by more than 75 percent for the period between 2000 and 2015.
The country has surpassed the Abuja goal of allocating at least 15 percent of its annual budget to improve the health sector, more than 22 percent of the total government expenditure since 2009 to health. Annual malaria deaths in Africa have decreased from an estimated 764,000 in 2000 to 395,000 in 2015. Approximately 663 million cases of malaria have been averted in sub-Saharan Africa over the last 14 years.
According to the World Health Organization, reductions in malaria cases attributable to malaria control activities saved an estimated $900 million in case management costs from 2001 to 2014. “Rwanda is a stunning example of what happens when a nation and its leaders commit to tackling malaria head on,” said Joy Phumaphi, executive secretary of ALMA. However, the past few months have seen cases of malaria increase in Rwanda, and this has been attributed to decline in the quality of mosquito nets distributed among other reasons.