Community Participation Key To Eliminating Malaria In Africa, Globally

STAT: Communities can be powerful forces in the fight against malaria
Janet Midega, scientist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program, research associate at the University of Oxford’s Center for Genomics and Global Health, and 2017 Aspen New Voices fellow

“…[C]ommunities can, and should, be more deeply involved and can actually lead the way in mosquito-control programs. … No specific guidelines exist to help governments and organizations actively involve communities in malaria control. But they could easily be established if we draw on examples of how communities have joined the fight against the disease. … Making community participation a routine and integrated component of control programs would affect not only malaria but also help bring down populations of other mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as dengue and filariasis. Equipped with knowledge and the right tools, and supported by local and international stakeholders as well as in-country national malaria control programs, communities can lead the way towards eliminating malaria in Africa and around the world” (4/6).