Needs To know To Eradicate
Malaria is one of the oldest and deadliest infectious diseases affecting man. It is an ancient and modern disease.
Malaria parasites have co-evolved – which involves genetic changes and adaptation – with people as their hosts over a period of four thousand years.
After the Second World War, the Global Malaria Eradication Programme was intensified by the discovery of DDT, a powerful pesticide. The campaign partially reduced the malaria transmission cycle and infection rates within a short time.
Africa carries a disproportionately high burden of malaria cases. In 2015, 214 million people across the world were infected with malaria leading to about 430 000 deaths. Of these, 90% occurred in Africa. And two countries on the continent, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, accounted for more than 35% of global malaria death.
And,Africa needs to urgently put a number of additional measures in place to speed up these advances, and to move towards eliminating the disease. These include accelerated investment and deployment of vaccines, new diagnostic tools, new funding strategies for malaria control and keeping in check the drug and insecticide resistance challenge.
Funding is also key if African countries are going to move closer to eradication. Evidence shows that eliminating malaria in Africa has been weakened by the lack of sustained funds.
Nigeria Shows Off New Air Assets
For Boko Haram
The Air Force in Markurdi, shows off new assets. It is said to be used to combat the Boko Haram insurgency in its north and oil militants in its south.
The Air Force over the weekend demonstrated a new attack helicopter during its 53rd anniversary celebrations.
The chief of defense staff, Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin, says the military now can “deliver appropriate firepower at the right time and at the right place.”
Luanda – Angola’s cabinet said on Monday that elections will be held on August 23 to choose a successor to President Eduardo dos Santos after 38 years of iron-fisted rule.
Dos Santos, 74, has been in power since 1979 and has announced that he will not contest the election. His ruling party’s presidential candidate will be the current defence minister.
Dos Santos must now formally trigger the legal process to stage the polls which will see up to 9.6 million Angolans cast ballots.
Joao Lourenco, the current defence minister, emerged in February as Dos Santos’ chosen successor and is thought by analysts to be the most likely victor in August’s contest.
Kills 4 Tribesmen
In Egypt’s Sinai
El-Arish – Egyptian security officials say an Islamic State suicide bomber has killed four members of a local tribe and wounded others in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
They say the attacker, driving a car filled with explosives, struck a checkpoint near the town of Rafah manned by members of the powerful Tarabeen tribe.
Clashes erupted last week between the militants and local tribes after ISIS fighters shot at a truck smuggling cigarettes into an area where the extremists have banned tobacco.
Kills Four In Northeast
Four people were killed in two separate suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria on Monday, local militia members said, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists.
Babakura Kolo, who assists the military with security against the jihadist insurgents, said the first incident occurred in Mammanti village, 15 kilometres (10 miles) east of Maiduguri.
It was reported that, three suicide female bombers were intercepted by vigilantes while trying to sneak into the village around 5am just as the morning prayer was about to start.
Another male suicide bomber approached the village but some vigilantes got suspicious of his movements and accosted him.
Suddenly, he blew himself up among the vigilantes, killing three and injuring two.
Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and the birthplace of Boko Haram, has been repeatedly targeted in the bloody, eight-year insurgency, even as the military regains control of the region.
The conflict has killed more than 20,000 people since 2009 and displaced more than 2.6 million from their homes.