The National Malaria Control Program of the Ghana Health Service has initiated a five-year plan to completely eradicate malaria from the country by the year 2025.
The four-point plan, which will span from 2021 till 2025, seeks to reduce malaria mortality by 90%, reduce malaria case incidence by 50% and achieve malaria pre-elimination in at least six districts.
The plan requires about $1 billion to fully execute but some $650 million has so far been raised.
An epidemiologist with the National Malaria Control Program, Dr. Nana Yaw Peprah, tells Citi News that plans are underway to mobilise the remaining funds locally, through public-private partnerships.
“Over the last few years, we have seen a reduction in malaria prevalence from around 28% in 2011 to around 14% in 2019. This shows that we are seeing progress in the intervention plans. We are now looking at what to do to reach total elimination.”
“The recommendation was that we modify our strategy to widen our coverage and get resources to implement the plans we have. In view of this, we have modified our strategy. We have set up an advocacy team to ensure that all the documented strategies are implemented. They will also look at how to get institutions involved to help raise the needed fund to support our plan towards the fight against malaria.”