SADC countries winning the fight against malaria

Staff Writers | 17 Nov 2007
SABC News
Governments in Southern Africa are winning the fight against malaria. Cases of this disease have declined by 62% in South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland in the last seven years.

This is as a result of the Lubombo Spatial Development plan, a crossborder partnership strategy to fight malaria.

SADC Malaria Day was marked at Thulamahashe outside Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga yesterday.

South Africa stopped using DDT in 1996 and in 2000,malaria cases soared to 65 000. Almost 500 people died.Indoor residual spraying has since resumed, proving to be the most effective way to prevent malaria.

The government believes it can completely eliminate the disease by 2015.

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