Society for Family Health (SFH Rwanda) is partnering with different organizations in the region for the implementation of joint malaria prevention and control measures in cross-border districts.
Against that background, SFH Rwanda and the Ministry of Health organized cross-border malaria control initiative meeting of the countries of the East African Community and the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to discuss how to collaborate in the disease fight.
The meeting in Kigali runs from April 22-24 April.
It is aimed at strengthening regional initiative for malaria control and elimination in East African Community countries and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In her remarks, Health Minister Diane Gashumba, said East African countries and Democratic Republic of Congo should recognize malaria as a public health issue that concerns all member states.
The meeting serves as a forum for sharing experience of all ongoing malaria control interventions in each country.
Participants will also examine challenges related to addressing movement of people across borders, especially from malaria hotspots areas in inter-borders districts, identification of adequate and harmonized policies, strategies and malaria control measures for joint plans of action in cross-border districts.
Manasseh Wandara Gihana, the executive director of SFH Rwanda, said elimination of malaria in the region requires concerted efforts, collaboration, and strengthening the implementation of interventions for malaria prevention, control and treatment.
In addition to implementing a number of malaria prevention interventions across Rwanda, SFH Rwanda is creating partnerships with different organizations in the region for the implementation of joint malaria prevention and control measures in cross-border districts, he said.
Through its Social Behaviour Change Communication initiatives, SFH Rwanda is involved in the implementation of malaria, HIV, nutrition, Family Planning, maternal and child health, water sanitation and hygiene sensitization activities in 30 districts of the country at the community level.
SFH works with Community Health Workers at the cell and village levels to promote the consistent and correct use of mosquito nets, malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Uganda, Tanzania and DR Congo malaria cases account for about half of the malaria cases in Africa.
From 2016-2017, DR Congo alone observed an estimated increase of more than half a million malaria cases from 24.4 million to 25 million, according to the WHO World malaria report 2018.