Researchers bet on mass medication to wipe out malaria in L Victoria Region

Researchers bet on mass medication to wipe out malaria in L Victoria Region

Organisation: Nation Media Group (Kenya)

Publication Date: 03/31/2017

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Malaria kills more than 20,000 people in Kenya every year and children remain the most affected individuals. Worse, is the fact that more half of the country (25 million people) is at risk of malaria. The disease has over the decades put a strain to the already frail health ministry. Millions of dollars are directed towards various projects that are meant with dealing with the infectious disease every year yet gains made to curb the spread of the diseases remain minimal. This project explored the first of a kind project being implemented around Lake Victoria, the worst affected area in Kenya, which aims at eradicating mosquitoes. The researchers through phases are conducting mass medication in an effort to wipe out the disease. If the project is successful, this means that the scientists will implement similar projects in other area that remain affected by Malaria. This project highlights the effort being made by some of the best world malaria experts in combating the scourge and highlights the importance of collaborative efforts by research institutes and experts.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

This project is the first of a kind in Kenya. I went to the ground to show the efforts and impact being made by a handful of scientists and researchers to curb a disease, which remains life threatening and a burden to third world countries like Kenya. The government has not made much effort to finding a lasting solution to ending Malaria. Getting thousands of people, who make up the community around the Lake Victoria, to agree to the mass medication measure deserved coverage too. This also shows that the locals are in desperate need of an answer that will solve the mystery surrounding this killer disease. The highlight of this project was the additional funding the team of researchers got from donors. This has enabled the team to go on with project uninterruptedly, meaning that the researchers now focus all their energies to delivering an answer to the end of the disease than in seeking for grants. I derived data from studies done in the previous years to show the milestone made towards ending this scourge. The use of graphics served to sum up the gains made and challenges experienced in dealing with Malaria.

Technologies used for this project:

The only technology that was available at my disposal was a digital recorder.

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