number of people infected with and dying from malaria in Cote d’Ivoire
has not improved over the last five years, despite the end of the civil
war in the country, the head of the country’s malaria programme Dr.
Moïse San Koffi told IRIN.
“Right now, the statistics are
stagnant,” he said. Between 2003 and 2008, 172,000 children between
zero and five years-old died every year from malaria in Cote d’Ivoire,
he said, equivalent to eight children per hour.
percent of consultations at state-run health clinics are
malaria-related, he added. At least 20 percent of pregnant women have
malaria, frequently causing low birth weights among their infants.
to the UN Development Programme in Cote d’Ivoire, the combination of
poverty and high levels of malaria around the country mean 90 percent
of Ivorians are at “high risk” of infection.
officials say they have little in the way of support to either treat or
prevent infections. “Some illnesses are underfinanced,” said Magloire
Kablan N’Zi, a nurse at Grand-Yapo, a village 60km outside the
country’s financial centre Abidjan.
Cote d’Ivoire’s health
ministry says it has made low-cost anti-malarial medicines available
for 420,000 people. It has requested funds from the Global Fund to
fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to provide more medicines, bed
nets and sensitisation programmes.