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#WMD2024: Minister lauds Ifakara malaria control efforts

April 25, 2024 10:00
#WMD2024: Minister lauds Ifakara malaria control efforts
Deputy Minister for Health, Dr. Godwin Mollel interacts with Ifakara Senior Research Scientist Dr. Yeromin Mlacha at the Ifakara booth during the National Malaria Day celebrations held in Tabora on April 25, 2024. PHOTO | IFAKARA Communications

In commemoration of World Malaria Day, which is observed annually on April 25th, the Deputy Minister for Health, Dr. Godwin Mollel, has lauded Ifakara Health Institute's efforts in the fight against malaria during a visit to the Ifakara booth at the national celebrations held at Uyui Secondary School grounds in Tabora. 

As the distinguished guest of honor, Dr. Mollel's presence at Ifakara's booth marked a significant moment as he interacted with Ifakara team members attending the national celebrations, led by PMI Shinda (Defeat) Malaria project Chief of Party, Dr. Dunstan Bishanga, Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Yeromin Mlacha and Project Administrator Rose Philipo, gaining insights about the ongoing malaria research work implemented by Ifakara. 

While at the booth, Dr. Mollel underlined the critical need to identify and prioritize effective insecticides for combating malaria.

In his keynote address, Dr. Mollel expressed gratitude to all stakeholders involved in malaria control for their significant contributions. He reaffirmed the Tanzanian government's commitment to supporting malaria control efforts through the Ministry of Health and encouraged local government officials from the President's Office, Regional Administration, and Local Government (PO-RALG) in Tabora to extend their support in the region's malaria fight.

“Together we can reduce malaria incidence to zero in Tabora and across Tanzania. For this to happen, collaborative efforts between the government through the Ministry of Health and local government officials, including residents of Tabora and stakeholders is essential,” said Dr. Mollel.

Joining Ifakara at the climax of the national Malaria Day celebration was the PMI Shinda (Defeat) Malaria project. The PMI-funded project is implemented in Tanzania by the Ifakara and partners. In the days leading up to Malaria Day, the PMI Shinda (Defeat) Malaria was officially introduced in Tabora region on April 23.

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