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Zumwalt to the Department of Dagana Hospital. In sub-Saharan Africa, the scale-up of proven, effective malaria prevention tools -- insecticide-treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying and preventative treatment for pregnant women -- and increased availability of rapid malaria diagnosis and effective treatment has contributed to saving an estimated 6.
The initiative also contributed to a 55 percent decrease in child mortality in Senegal from to and has made the country a major success story for malaria control. Diaw shared a personal perspective, including his recollections of a painful past and the hopeful future that is shaping up for his country as malaria slowly fades from memory.
You were born and raised in northern Senegal at a time when sickness and death from malaria was accepted as a part of life. Every year for four months [during the rainy season] everyone had malaria; every family had one or two deaths from malaria.
People thought the hallucinations and delusions that come with severe malaria were caused by witchcraft. Last year, the district only recorded one death from malaria in an area that used to record to deaths from malaria annually.
How did malaria affect the community as a whole? As a child, I accepted the toll malaria took on my family and community. But when I left to study health economics in the capital, Dakar, I saw my childhood experiences in a new light. Health economics allowed me to see the big picture, the real toll malaria was exacting on my community and others throughout Senegal.
This multisectoral understanding of the situation my family faced inspired me to return to my community as director of the department hospital which serves two districts.
The happy ending of this story is that this region recently became the first in Senegal to reach malaria pre-elimination status less than one case of malaria per 1, people at risk.
Until 10 or 15 years ago, malaria was the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in this region. PMI provided millions of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets, and my colleagues and I made sure people understood how to hang the nets and that everyone, especially pregnant women and young children, needed to sleep under a net every night.
PMI also supplied rapid diagnostic tests, malaria treatment medication and supported the training of community health workers to use these tools, which curbed the number of serious cases we had to treat at the clinical level.
Critically, people here have embraced the behavior change message related to bed net usage; there is exceptionally high bed net adherence in this area. Additionally, because of their critical role in early malaria diagnosis, treatment and referral when necessarycommunity health workers have become highly respected and valued members of the community.
What do you envision for the future of malaria in this region? For 40 years, I lived with malaria and the effects it had on my family and my community.Report on current situation in the health sector of Senegal and possible roles for non-motorised transport interventions Mission: 28th December to 8th January Meaningful, innovative and evidence-based analysis to help inform key decision making Our goal is to be the business intelligence partner of choice for companies in the healthcare arena looking for meaningful, innovative and evidence-based analysis to inform their key decision making.
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