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World Malaria report 2016

By Maimunat Alex-Adeomi Moderator | 20 Dec, 2016

Dear colleagues,

In the spirit of the season. Please see the annual report by the WHO on Malaria. This report is usually published in December of each year and draws on data from the previous year mostly.

Overview

The World Malaria Report 2016 summarizes information received from malaria-endemic countries and other sources, and updates the analyses presented in the 2015 report.

The World Malaria Report is WHO’s flagship malaria publication, released each year in December. It assesses global and regional malaria trends, highlights progress towards global targets, and describes opportunities and challenges in controlling and eliminating the disease. Most of the data presented in this report is for 2015.

The "World Malaria Report 2016" draws on data from 91 countries and areas with ongoing malaria transmission. The information is supplemented by data from national household surveys and databases held by other organizations.

This year's report tracks progress towards the 2020 malaria goals of the "Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030". It offers an in-depth analysis of trends in malaria control and elimination at global, regional and country levels.

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William Jobin Replied at 4:36 PM, 20 Dec 2016

Dear Maimunat,

Beware of what the data in that report really says.

The WHO Malaria Report for 2016 mentions an alarming increase in the number of people no longer receiving protection from indoor spraying, and thus an increase in the number of people in endemic areas who have lost their immunity, due to previous intense spraying. For Africa, 10.5% of the populations were covered in 2010, but this had dropped to 5.7% by end of 2016.
The simple explanation that the reductions in coverage was due to cessation of spraying with pyrethoids, obscures the real reason, the increasing cost of new insecticides as the mosquitoes become resistant to the older and cheaper pyrethroids. Bendiocarb is now in use, so expensive that Angola has stopped spraying altogether, despite the initial success in 2005 when we started the US PMI there in southern Angola.
I quote the WHO report for 2015:
■ IRS is generally used by NMCPs only in particular areas. The proportion of the population at risk protected by IRS declined from a peak of 5.7% globally in 2010 to 3.1% in 2015, and from 10.5% to 5.7% in sub-Saharan Africa. ■ Reductions in IRS coverage may be attributed to cessation of spraying with pyrethroids, particularly in the WHO African Region.

In her report, Dr. Chan says, "We have made excellent progress, but our work is incomplete. Last year alone, the global tally of malaria reached 212 million cases and 429 000 deaths. Across Africa, millions of people still lack access to the tools they need to prevent and treat the disease."
Is that excellent progress?
Or is it just more fumbling in the dark?
So when is WHO going to get smart and get off the Resistance Treadmill, and instead using permanent environmental and housing improvements? We recommended this to WHO and the US PMI in 2005. That was a decade ago. It should be obvious to the folks in Geneva and Washington DC by now.
Bill, frustrated and irritated at the lack of global vision in WHO and US PMI
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Maimunat Alex-Adeomi Moderator Replied at 5:54 PM, 20 Dec 2016

Hello William,

Thank you for your feedback and insight into the real stories behind these "reports". I bring up these data and documents because I really want us to be having truthful conversations about what is done and what is reported. Unfortunately, as it stands majority of stakeholders and donors rely on these reports and if we the actual implementers/"boots on ground" do not refute or question these reports, it is business as usual.

In the words of Chimamanda Adichie on the dangers of the single story, “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”

I hope everyone has a happy holiday!

Regards
Maimunat

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