NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 21 – As the global community reaffirms its commitment to the achievement of a malaria free world with the celebration of the World Malaria Day, on 25th April, RB through its brand, Mortein Doom, has reaffirmed its partnership with Mbagathi Hospital towards ensuring that the cases and effect of malaria is maximally put under control in Kenya.
Speaking on the achievement so far made from the partnership, Country Manager, RB (Formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser) Sachin Varma, stated that, Malaria continues to pose a significant health risk in many of our markets in Africa especially to mothers and children below five years.
“Despite the steady progress in the reduction of cases of malaria, as reported last year, transmission is still considered a threat to the efforts that have been made so far towards fighting this possibly fatal disease” noted Mr. Sachin who visited Mbagathi Hospital and presented a donation.
Currently, over half a million (627, 000) people die from malaria each year, mostly children younger than five years old.
“Malaria claims the lives of 453,000 children per year, 90 percent of those in Africa. That’s 1,300 kids who lose their lives to a mosquito bite every day,” added Sachin.
While receiving the donation, Mbagathi Hospital Health Deputy nursing service manager Philip Mibei noted that there has been an increase of the number of deliveries at the hospital since the expansion programme by the county government.
“There has been an increase in deliveries at our hospital from 200 to 450 each month, which is a significant number of mothers and children who are most vulnerable to catching the disease. We’re grateful to Mortein Doom for this continued partnership as combine efforts in the fight against this killer disease,” noted Mbei.
Mortein Doom has been involved in various vector control activities at the community level, working with Pumwani Maternity Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital, providing them with insecticide sprays to assist in malaria control especially among expectant women.
Reports from the Ministry of Health show that incidents of malaria has greatly reduced in certain parts of the country not only because of the provision of proper medication, but because also of the right education.
According to Malaria Control Unit, Nationally Malaria prevalence has declined from 11% in 2010 to 8 % in 2015, with 3 percent among urban residence and 10 percent among rural dwellers across the country. However, variations in prevalence exist between the different epidemiological zones in the Country. In 2015 there was a marked decline in prevalence across all zones accept in Coast endemic which increased slightly from 4 percent in 2010 to 8percent in 2015. In Lake endemic region the prevalence was 27% in 2015 down from 38 percent in 2010, Highland epidemic reported 3 percent, seasonal transmission 1 percent and low risk areas less than 1per cent.
The pesticide maker also made a commitment to build a sustainable business and further strengthen their brand promise of ensuring people have healthier lives and live in happier homes.
“We endeavor to make a difference by giving people innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes,” added Sachin.