This year, the University of Nairobi (UoN) marked the World Malaria Day in Siaya County, Boro Division. During the drive, over 1,000 people including women and children were tested for Malaria in Siaya District Hospital.
In preparation for the World Malaria Day, the School of Medicine, Department of Medical Physiology, in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and the Global Fund Malaria Round 10 officials from Geneva, mobilized and trained local Community Health Workers.
According to Dr. Triza Mwendwa, the principal investigator implementing Global Fund Malaria Round 10 programme in Siaya County, out of the 10 tested for malaria were positive meaning the malaria positivity was high and a lot of intervention was needed so as to eradicate the menace.
The programme aims to contribute to the 2017 national goal of reducing the morbidity and mortality attributable to malaria in the various epidemiology zones by two thirds of the 2007-2008 levels.