Lomé will host a four-day meeting of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) starting on Tuesday 4 April. This meeting of experts and health partners was organized with the aim of eliminating malaria within the next few years in the ECOWAS zone. This will also be an opportunity to assess the individual problems of each country as well as common problems in order to find a global solution to this scourge.
According to the data collected, malaria is the cause of 90% of deaths in the sub-region. Indeed, the sub-region has a high prevalence rate and a high malaria endemicity with Burkina Faso, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Nigeria being the most exposed countries. As pointed out by Dr Amouh Tetteh, “pathogenic germs do not need a visa to go and can go from one country to another. Consequently, a regional approach should be adopted to facet his problem “.
Different strategies are in place to combat malaria: promoting the use of insecticide-treated nets and prevention in pregnant women. In addition, the possibility of chemoprophylaxis in children under 5 years of age depending on the season and regions will be examined during the meeting as well as the multisectoral approach which involves the departments of urbanization, environment and waste management. This meeting will also allow to study the ‘best practices’ of negotiation in order to obtain financing.