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AGAMal Says “Yes we can!” to President Akufo-Addo’s Malaria Elimination Agenda in Ghana

Anglogold Ashanti (Gh) Malaria Control Limited has agreed with President Akufo-Addo on the profound statement he made during the just ended Malaria Summit in London on Wednesday, 18th April, 2018.
He said that the nation’s effective execution of a Strategic Plan for Malaria Control as well as the introduction of other innovative strategies, was an indication that “Ghana stands ready to beat malaria.”
The President was hopeful that Ghana’s aim of reducing malaria morbidity and mortality by 75 per cent by the year 2020 was attainable.
He said that “Although the figure from 2016 represents some improvement over that of 2015, a lot of work has to be done in reducing prevalence of malaria to the barest minimum.” The President stated that this has reinforced his conviction that Ghana’s aim of reducing malaria morbidity and mortality by 75%, by the year 2020, is attainable.
The strategic plan include key interventions such as integrated vector management; malaria case management, integrated community case management; seasonal malaria chemoprevention; integrated support systems, advocacy and behavioral change communication; surveillance, monitoring and evaluation among others.
He added that, “Government is providing tax exemptions on anti-malarial commodities, adopting measures to deal with antimalarial drug resistance, and implementing policies to mitigate the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, that impact on malaria transmission,”.
The President also said that Ghana’s strategy is based on innovation. He stated that Ghana was one of the first countries to adopt the new generation of insecticides for Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), as well being one of the three countries testing the new malaria vaccine.
AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control limited (AGAMal) was established when AngloGold Ashanti received the Global Fund (GF) grant of US$ 133 million to scale up IRS from Obuasi Municipal to 40 districts in partnership with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP).
The full benefits of IRS have been indicated in the Upper West region and Obuasi Municipality from the continuous decline in the prevalence of malaria according the various national surveys conducted between 2010 and 2016.
It is also worth to note that, the prevalence in the Upper East of Ghana in 2010 was 44.0%. AGAMal’s IRS program was carried out between 2013 and 2014 and this contributed to the reduction of the prevalence from 44.0% to 11.7% (GDHS, 2014) in 2014. However, after IRS operation were withdrawn in 2015, there was an increase in malaria prevalence from 11.7% to 15% (MIS 2016).
Currently, AGAMal is working in Obuasi Municipal, 11 districts in Upper West region and 3 districts in Upper East region.

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