Tanzania aims to halve malaria deaths by 2015
23 April 2014, 12:14
Nairobi -Tanzania aims to halve the number of deaths caused by
malaria by 2015 as the world marks Malaria Day on Friday.
According to statistics, 60,000 people, 80% of those being
children under five years of age, die of the disease annually in Tanzania and
this has prompted a research scientist to tackle the disease, in a documentary
that will be aired on Al Jazeera English at 23h00 in Kenya on 24 April 2014,
the day before World Malaria Day.
Research scientist Fredros Okumu believes he may see the
disease eliminated in his lifetime. “I am fortunate that I’m still young
enough,” he says. “God-willing, I want to be there when malaria is eliminated.”
He lost his sister to malaria and started researching
malaria at 19. With master’s degrees from the University of Nairobi and Lund
University in Sweden, and with a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine, Fredros now works at the Ifacara Health Institute, Africa’s
centre of research into malaria.
Here, in the race between science and a rapidly evolving
mosquito, people voluntarily allow themselves to be bitten by mosquitoes so
Fredros and others can explore malaria prevention, control and vaccines.
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