Public Health Minister, Manaouda Malachie has launched the fourth Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention campaign to be carried out in the two northern regions of Cameroon.
The campaign launched this Thursday 27th June 2019, targets more than 1.7 million children of 3-59 months.
For the fourth time, health practitioners shall spend July-October in the two Sahelian regions, a period
characterised by heavy rains.
Malaria prevention:The Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC)
SMC is intermittently administering effective malaria drugs to children aged 3-59months to prevent malaria-related morbidity and mortality during the high transmission period.
Children take three doses of drugs during the month and one dose of drugs per day for three days consecutively.
Public Health : The SMC success story
The 2019 SMC campaign is the fourth, after those organised in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In 2018, SMC successfully reached out to 1.326.366 children in the North and Far North regions.
The Roll Back Malaria and World Health Organization 2018 report ranks Cameroon 11th among countries most affected by malaria.
Malaria remains a major public health concern in Cameroon with 3000 deaths yearly, 61% being children under five.
To render the campaign more effective, Minister Manaouda Malachie exhorted parents to collaborate with community health workers.
SMC 2019 is sponsored by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the US president’s Malaria Initiative.
Kathy Neba Sina