Only four died of malaria in 2012: Kamwi

WINDHOEK: Namibia will use funding of N.dollars 16 million from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to scale-up the country’s malaria prevention programme over the next three years.

This was the view of Health and Social Services Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi when he opened a two-day Southern African Development Community (SADC) Malaria-Eliminating Countries (E8) Technical Committee and Ministers’ meeting here last Wednesday.

He said more than 65 per cent of the funding is dedicated to strengthening community-level responses and surveillance systems over the next three years (2014-2016).

Kamwi noted that the effects of climate change and globalisation remain challenges in Namibia’s quest to eliminate malaria.

Extreme weather conditions like flooding continue to hamper the transportation of malaria commodities and access to health facilities and services.

Another area of concern is the decline in donor funding.

Speaking in his capacity as the chairperson of the E8 meeting, Kamwi called on other E8 member states to dedicate their own governments’ spending, to advocate for domestic funding and to encourage local partnerships allround.