Zanzibar lowers malaria infections to one percent

Bryan Cohen | 22 Mar 2012
Vaccine News Daily
According to an official with the Zanzibar Malaria Control Program, the Zanzibar government has successfully reduced malaria infections down to one to two cases per week.

Abdullah Ally made the statement when discussing the Malaria Control Campaign in Zanzibar, which aims to reduce the transmission of malaria to zero. Ally spoke on the sidelines of a two day exercise held to distribute mosquito nets to a number of urban and rural counties called the Shehias, the Guardian reports.

"The situation of malaria transmission has been highly reduced, since we have been receiving reports from our 140 government health centers which show that the number of patients going to hospital and diagnosed with malaria have dropped to one or two per week compared to previous weeks when doctors reportedly attended to between 30 and 40 patients," Ally said, according to the Guardian.

Approximately 600,000 mosquito nets were distributed to 279,070 households by volunteers from the Tanzania Red Cross Society, which is a partnership between Zanzibar's government and Johns Hopkins University. While minor problems occurred when people rushed for the nets at once, causing some chaos, the problem was resolved.

"We solved the problem and told those who missed the nets this time around to wait for Phase Two," Hashim Ally, a TRCS volunteer, said, according to the Guardian. "Most families have received three up to four mosquito nets each."