South Africa’s Award For Curbing Malaria

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The Presidency said the decrease in malaria cases is attributed to a sound malaria vector control programme, in which South Africa has used dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, odourless insecticide for indoor residual spraying, coupled with other interventions recommended by the World Health Organisation.

“We are honoured to receive this 2016 ALMA Award, which recognises the efforts that our programme in South Africa has made not only in the past decade but also investments we have made to fight malaria since the 1940s,” said President Jacob Zuma after receiving the award during the ALMA meeting for AU heads of state and government.

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“While we are delighted at our successes, we will not be complacent in tackling the disease. In this regard we have committed to eliminate the disease from within our borders. We are also working with our neighbouring countries to fight the disease in our neighbourhood,” said Zuma.

source: south africa

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