Togo’s population is threatened by the menace of malaria. An entire population is on the verge of death. Even 40 percent of the public health expenditure is due to malaria. There is a solution to put a stop on the death rate. It is the use of LLIN, Long-Lasting Insecticide-Treated Net which is effective for 3 to 5 years, however in the year 2003 it has been found that only a meager 15 percent of the children slept under a mosquito net. Those who used the LLIN are only 2percent. Poverty has been linked to the non-use of mosquito net for the poor. Although the average price of a net is only about two to five US Dollars however the poor people are still unable to access it.
Although UNICEF and WHO are doing their part in preventing the disease, however it has been found that malaria is still the largest killer of children in Africa. In every 30 seconds a child dies due to malaria. More than one million people, out of which more than 900,000 children (under the age of 5), die because of malaria. It is indeed a sorry figure!
Reducing child death in Africa has become the single most important step towards saving the lives of innumerable children. Free LLIN should be provided along with measles vaccine to prevent and treat the vulnerable children.