Great News! We are thrilled, as we now have a WHO approved vaccine for malaria. According to the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, this "changes the course of public health history". This is a breakthrough development as this is the first vaccine that can immunize against a parasitic infection. The new vaccine can save the lives of more than 20,000 children if administered to all children in high incidence malaria countries in Africa. However, it will have to be used along with existing tools such as insecticide treated nets and anti-malarial drugs as the vaccine has only 30% efficacy and requires four doses. In addition, ample funding, and clear guidelines to ground teams will be crucial to its success.
The Power of Love team has the knowhow to administer the vaccine to young children and we are anxiously awaiting its arrival in Zambia. Till then, we will continue to keep children and families safe from malaria. As of October 31, 15,000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on malaria prevention was provided this year. Going forward our plan is to continue to expand our malaria prevention program so that more families stay healthy, adults miss fewer days at work, and children can continue their education uninterrupted. Accordingly, our plan is to provide 18,000-20,000 long lasting insecticide terated nets next year.
Thanks for keeping vulnerable children and families, malaria free and healthy.