World Malaria Day 2016, Makoko, Lagos.

According to WHO’s World malaria report 2015, there has been a major decline in global malaria cases and deaths since 2000. This progress is possible because of the massive innovation and expansion of effective tools to prevent and treat malaria, such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, diagnostic testing, and anti-malarial medicines. Despite this progress, globally, about 3.2 billion people, nearly half of the world’s population are still at risk of malaria. In 2015, there were about 214 million fresh cases of malaria and 438,000 deaths, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. This is because millions of people are still not accessing the services they need to prevent and treat malaria.

The goal of this project is to assist in the reduction of the global malaria burden over the next 15 years by reducing the rate of new malaria cases by at least 90%, reducing malaria death rates by at least 90%, eliminating malaria in at least 35 countries and preventing a resurgence of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free, through advocacy and direct empowerment. Though ambitious, this goal is attainable. This year, to celebrate world malaria day, we visited a community in Lagos called Makoko where we carried out free Malaria testing and counseling among the inhabitants. Orbus Global Solutions tested over 1000 individuals and also gave out mosquito nets and drugs for Malaria treatment.

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