T-3 initiative aims to combat malaria

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Community health workers in Senegal

A new initiative has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the ongoing efforts to combat malaria.

According to WHO, the number of malaria cases and deaths have been reduced by more than 50 per cent between 2000 and 2010.

The agency says this is due to the distribution and use of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed-nets as well as the availability of anti-malaria drugs.

However, despite these gains, malaria still kills over 650,000 people each year.

Dr. Richard Cibulskis from the WHO's Global Malaria Programme explains how the T-3 initiative, which stands for Test, Treat and Track, works to stop malaria deaths.

"The test is to make sure that every suspected case of malaria gets a diagnostic test. If it is confirmed, the malaria case is treated and every case confirmed should also be tracked so that we know where the disease so we can put our resources where the problem is, and T-3 will enable us. By enabling us to focus our resources to where the problem really lies, will be the next quantum leap in helping us to reduce the malaria burden."

Duration: 25″

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