Malawi has been selected for the world’s ever first vaccine against malaria which will also involve Ghana and Kenya.
According to the BBC, the RTS vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite which is spread by mosquito bites.
At least six million people have malaria attack every year in Malawi out of which 30 per cent can be fatal.
The government is battling malaria drug thefts in most public hospitals which are solely donated by the US government.
World Health Organisation (WHO) says the jab has potential to save 40 percent of malaria cases, according to the BBC.
But it is not clear if it is feasible to use the vaccine trials in the poorest parts of the world where health service is non existent.
The vaccine needs to be given four times, once a month for three months and then a fourth close to 18 months later.
This has been achieved in tightly controlled and well funded clinical trials but it is not yet clear if it can be done in the “real world” where access to health is limited.
WHO regional director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti told the BBC: “The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great. Information gathered in the pilot program will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine.”
The pilot project will involve more than 750000 children aged between five and 17 months.
Ghana, Kenya and Malawi were chosen because they already run large scale programs to tackle malaria, including use of bed nets, yet still have high number of cases.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :