The World Health Organization has officially recognized Algeria as a malaria free zone.
This is the second country in Africa to be declared malaria-free after Mauritius, which was certified in 1973.
The certification is given to a country after it has proved that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of Malaria for at least 3 consecutive years.
Here is what Kenya can learn from Algeria to help it attain a malaria free zone status:
- Algeria worked tirelessly to ensure no one is neglected in the preventive measures of malaria.
- Medical personnel in Algeria ensured malaria was detected and cured at an early stage.
- Leaders in Algeria held forums and campaigns to educate the public on malaria.
- Algeria has a committed and well trained health-workforce that provides universal healthcare
- The workforce has a quick response policy to malaria outbreaks.
According to WHO survey of 2015, malaria remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Kenya with more than 70 percent of the population at risk of the disease.