Malaria is a major cause of poverty and low productivity, accounting for about 32.5% of all Out Patient Department (OPD) attendances and 48.8% of children under five years old admissions in Ghana (National Malaria Control Programmes annual report, 2009).
It is the most common diagnosis in all health centres throughout Ghana and this presents a great opportunity for first time travelers to Africa and Ghana to observe and learn about the treatment of the malaria parasite, which is mainly transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito.
Malaria is a major cause of poverty and low productivity, accounting for about 32.5% of all Out Patient Department (OPD) attendances and 48.8% of children under five years old admissions in Ghana
As the world marked World Malaria Day on 25th April the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Programme, is organising conferences throughout all the ten regions of Ghana to discuss about the possible ways of eradicating the deadly parasite which has claim many lives, with pregnant women and children being the most vulnerable.
The campaign for malaria eradication in Ghana which is now dubbed “Roll Back Malaria”, began in the 1950s and was aimed at reducing the disease burden until it is no longer of public health significance. Since 1999 Ghana has committed itself to the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) initiative and developed a strategic framework to guide its implementation with the aim of reducing malaria specific morbidity and mortality by 50% by the year 2010 (http://www.ghanahealthservice.org/malaria/).
As you prepare for your elective placement in Ghana, we encourage you to read more about malaria treatment in the country. You can be assured of gaining a broader understanding of the management of this disease including traditional and alternative ways of dealing with the disease in remote communities when you add the Village Experience to your overseas placement.
Thank you and keep reading my blogs from the Work the World’s programme in Ghana!
This blog was written by our in-country Programme Representative in Takoradi, Ghana