Strides and hurdles in Rwanda’s quest for Malaria, NTDs-free status

Dr. Aimable Mbituyumuremyi, head of malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) division. Courtesy Photo

Listen to May 13 edition of TALK RWANDA SPACES, a weekly current affairs Twitter discussion co-hosted by this Publisher.

Head of Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) division of Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) Dr. Aimable Mbituyumuremyi, alongside NTDs elimination specialist Jean Bosco Mbonigaba discuss strides and hurdles in the ongoing fight to end the diseases.

World Health Organisation (WHO) on April 26 declared Rwanda trypanosomiasisfree, effectively becoming the second country on the continent to eliminate the fatal disease commonly known as sleeping sickness.

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How did Rwanda make it? Which other diseases in the category of those deemed neglected are prevalent in the country? How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect the fight? To what extent is Malaria a burden in Rwanda today?

With world’s first Malaria vaccine forming an important tool for malaria elimination, where does Rwanda stand? Any arrangement to starting using the jabs?

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