Saturday, April 24, 2010

Yumi rausim malaria long Papua New Guinea

 Port Moresby: SCHOOL children, local communities, global and national health organizations will gather at Waramo village outside Vanimo in Sandaun province

to mark World Malaria Day on Monday, April 26.

World Malaria Day, commemorated annually on April 25, marks a global effort to highlight the need for the prevention and control of malaria around the world.

Papua New Guinea is attempting to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality through delivering preventative, diagnostic and treatment services to all people at risk of malaria, especially pregnant women and children younger than age five who are more vulnerable to the devastating effects of malaria.

The National Department of Health is leading collaborative efforts with two major partners -- Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) and Population Services International (PSI) – in fighting malaria, thanks to funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The national theme “Yumi Rausim Malaria” affirms a call for collaboration from everyone in the country to free Papua New Guinea from malaria, and urges all to sleep under a long lasting insecticide treated mosquito net each and every night.

Malaria has been identified as one of the top five health priorities in the country and the leading cause of hospital admissions. Approximately 1.9 million cases of malaria are reported annually at health centres and hospitals, and every year between 600 and 700 Papua New Guineans die from malaria in health care facilities. The socio-economic burden the disease poses to PNG is substantial.

A recent study from the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research found that 64.6% percent of households surveyed in PNG owned a long lasting insecticide treated mosquito net, but only 39.5% of children younger than age 5 and 41.3% of pregnant women reported having slept under their net.

The Papua New Guinea observation of World Malaria Day will feature the launch of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) Strategic Plan 2009-2013 and the launch of a new National Malaria Control Programme logo and slogan.

The programme includes a speech by the Minister for Health & HIV, Sasa Zibe. Two demonstrations will occur – one showing how a Rapid Diagnostic Test for malaria works and another on how long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets are delivered to pregnant women through antenatal care clinics.


For more information, contact:

Population Services International

Section 52, Allotment 18, Varahe Road, Gordons

P.O. Box 327, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Ph:  (675) 311 2190 / Fax:  (675) 311 2199


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:04 PM

    As a malaria control specialist working in the Asia/Pacific region, it is extremely exciting to see signs of a new thrust to control malaria in PNG (a country suffering from intense malaria transmission, comparable even to some sub-Saharan African nations).

    With new funding and new, proven and evidence-based tools available to fight this disease it does not have to be "business as usual" anymore. PNG really can reduce the malaria burden significantly if the whole population embrace tools that work.

    Get under those nets people!

    Yumi Rausim Malaria!