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On April 26th, the world observes World Malaria Day, which serves as a moment to reflect on the ongoing efforts to eradicate malaria. In this regard, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) renews its commitment to fighting this preventable yet devastating disease in the region. Although every day counts in the fight against malaria, World Malaria Day offers an opportunity to acknowledge the progress made so far, the challenges that remain, and the innovative solutions that give hope for a malaria-free future.

Taking Bold Steps

Since 2018, IGAD has made significant strides in the fight against malaria. This dedication is reflected in the integration of malaria prevention and control activities within the IGAD Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (2018-2025). Recognizing the importance of collaboration, IGAD has fostered strong partnerships with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) to secure vital resources for the region.

Steering the Course

To ensure effective coordination and implementation, IGAD established a regional Technical Working Group (TWG) and a Steering Committee. These entities play a critical role in guiding and overseeing regional malaria control efforts.

Assessing the Landscape

To understand the specific challenges faced by IGAD member states, a comprehensive regional malaria assessment was conducted. This assessment, along with a cross-border Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) that included malaria, provided invaluable data to tailor malaria control strategies.

Challenges and the Road Ahead

Resource mobilization remains a significant hurdle in coordinating and implementing effective malaria prevention and control programs, particularly in hard-to-reach areas and along critical borders.

Innovation for Eradication

IGAD is committed to exploring innovative solutions to combat malaria. A key initiative is the establishment of sentinel surveillance centers for malaria at border points, refugee camps, and migrant settlements. These centers will provide real-time data on malaria prevalence, allowing for targeted interventions and ultimately, the eradication of the disease in the IGAD region.

A Call to Action

On World Malaria Day, IGAD urges all stakeholders to join the fight against this preventable disease. By working together, we can ensure a future free from malaria for all citizens of the IGAD region.


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Written by :

Dr. Afework Kassa, IGAD Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

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