IOM Backs Sudan Malaria Prevention Campaign
Sudan - IOM, as part of the Sudan’s National Flood Taskforce, which is coordinates emergency response operations throughout the country, has been asked by the country’s Federal Ministry of Health to contribute to the country’s malaria prevention programme ahead of the upcoming wet season.
IOM, with funding from the UN Common Humanitarian Fund, has responded with a contribution of six tons of permethrin EC 25%, an insecticide with low toxicity to humans which prevents the spread of malaria and dengue. The insecticide, which is biodegradable and lasts between 3 and 8 months, is sprayed over stagnant water and used for indoor residual spraying.
The insecticide will used by the Ministry of Health to cover 30 % of its needs countrywide during the rainy season. It will primarily target internally displaced, returnee and host communities in malaria-affected areas and will help to protect an estimated 450,000 – 600,000 families or between 2.25 and 3.6 million people.
Malaria is a major cause of death in Sudan, especially among young children and pregnant women. In the north of Sudan, 16% of hospital deaths are attributed to the disease.
According to WHO 5% to 12% of malaria-infected people die from the disease, with children under three years of age four times more likely to die than others. The annual estimated number of malaria cases in Sudan is 5.5 million, and nearly 75% of the total population is at risk of malaria.