4.5m Malawians suffer from malaria every year

Jacob Nankhonya | 13 Jul 2007
The Daily Times
Malawi's Minister of Health Marjorie Ngaunje, says that the Malawian health system faces the burden of treating 4.5 million people who suffer from malaria every year. He said this in Lilongwe during the hand over ceremony of 185,000 pre-treated mosquito nets from the President Bush Malaria Initiative (PMI).

Another consignment of nets will arrive towards the end of the year together with the new anti-malaria drug known as ACT.

"The good news is that these nets are long lasting when compared to the ones we have been distributing in the past," said Ngaunje.

USAID mission director, Curt Reintsma, said PMI is an initiative that aims at reducing malaria deaths by half in 15 African countries by reaching to 85 percent of the most vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and children.