Ahead of World Malaria Day 2019, WHO reports that progress has levelled off and, in some countries, malaria is on the rise. A new mobile technology initiatives are seeking to change this reality. Closing the digital gap is key to to #EndMalaria.

Can data save lives?

Digitizing the malaria response in Guinea-Bissau

In 2017, despite being preventable and curable, nearly half the world's population was at risk of malaria. Significantly, most of those affected are living in one region. Africa continues to bear over 90% of all malaria cases and deaths worldwide. In Guinea-Bissau, where malaria is the leading cause of death among pregnant women and children under five, a new technology initiative is transforming the malaria response, strengthening the national health system and saving lives.

This technology has allowed health workers to save considerable time in data analysis which is also very useful when we need to alert the authorities of epidemics.

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Is the digital divide hampering the malaria response in Africa?

In Guinea-Bissau UNDP is working with the government on an initiative to digitize health data. With support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, along with the World Bank, the initiative has introduced mobile tablets for data collection, increasing the timeliness of health reports by nearly 50 percent over six-months. The digitized data system has also allowed real time monitoring of malaria, and enabled clinics to keep track of malaria medicines and health supplies. All of these factors meant malaria deaths dropped by 16 percent from 2017 to 2018.

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The UNDP Global Fund Partnership supports malaria programmes

The UNDP Global Fund Partnership currently supports malaria programmes in seven countries and one region (Bolivia, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Burundi, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Multi-country Western Pacific). Working closely with national governments and civil society organizations, these programmes have contributed to protecting millions of households against malaria, preventing the spread of the disease. These contributions include:

57 million bed nets distributed

67 million cases of malaria treated

Remarkable country results

Bolivia

Reported confirmed cases of Malaria

Source: World Health Organization

Malaria is endemic in Bolivia. The rain forests of the Amazon region provide a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes. The tropical climate also brings heavy downpours and flooding, limiting access to health care for thousands of vulnerable people in remote and hard to reach locations.

So how has Bolivia nearly eliminated malaria? Find out how UNDP and the Global Fund have been working with the Bolivian government to provide early diagnosis and treatment, strengthen health systems and leave no one behind to beat malaria for good.

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São Tomé and Príncipe

Reported confirmed cases of Malaria

Source: World Health Organization

Reported malaria deaths

Source: World Health Organization