A remarkable movement in the History of the World’s health has been set up. As the World Health Organisation has announced the world’s first Malaria vaccine. The country’s especially the eastern and the African countries have suffered a lot due to malaria. Many deaths have been reported since the last decade in the entire region. And many still suffer from the after-effects of Malaria as they have a low immune system.
The most optimistic among them all for the vaccine rollout is the African healthcare centers. And are hopeful that the World Health Organisation’s endorsed vaccine will drastically change the way. The population around 1.8 Billion people lives in the continent due to this particular disease.
WORLD’S 1ST MALARIA VACCINE
This new vaccine is a game-changer and will help prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths every year in the African continent. The people in the continent are hopeful that it would help in reducing the deaths among their community due to this uncertain disease.
The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called it a historic movement. And would change the entire continent’s healthcare system. He called it a historic movement after a meeting, wherein 2 of the UN health agency expert advisory groups recommended the steps.
Africa will start its talks with the World Health Organisation very soon. This is for getting the world’s first approved Malaria vaccine. They’re trying to get the vaccine as soon as possible. So that no more lives suffer in the African region due to Malaria disease. And as per for the vaccine the WHO has said, that their decision was largely based on the ongoing research’s results. The research was in progress in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi. Which had been tracking more than 80000 children who received the vaccine in 2019.
AFRICAN CONTINENT PRESENT SCENARIO
The vaccine’s recommendation has bought a glimmer of hope for the entire continent. And as Africa’s shoulders the largest amount of malaria cases each year it becomes pretty important for the whole continent. We expect many more African children to get protected from the malaria disease. And then grew into healthy young adults, added Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Africa director.
The vaccine administered is known as Mosquirix and was developed by GlaxoSmithKline in 1987. However, this being the 1st vaccine still address few challenges which yet remain uncertain. The vaccine is only 30% effective against the disease. It required around 4 doses but still, its protection fades away after few months.
WORLD’S 1ST MALARIA VACCINE: ANALYSIS
But in the present scenario after so many challenges this vaccine remains hope for many. As the African continent is the home to the world’s more than 200 million cases and the deaths remain around 400,000 per year.
The whole continent and the doctors around the world are optimistic regarding the vaccine’s rollout. “It’s a huge step forward”, said Julian Rayner, director of the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. He was however not part of the WHO decision. The vaccine is somewhat imperfect, but still can help build a better immune system. And can save hundreds of thousands of children from dying each year.
However the vaccine will be effective only if mixed with the combination of the existing mix of proven malaria interventions. This includes long-lasting insecticide nets, parasite-based diagnosis, including seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC).
And case management, said James Tibenderana of the Malaria Consortium. He even stated that the vaccine roll out and removing Malaria throughout the African continent remains a very complex task.
The health systems of the African continent as a whole should be strengthened. And innovative ideas for financing must be utilized. To end such disease across the African continent, Tibenderana said. Along with all of this positive recommendation and research around Malaria. And its vaccine must continue to Roll out more such vaccines with a much better efficacy.