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    Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding. Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways.


    The best way is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.This can be accomplished using personal protecting  while outdoors when mosquitoes are present. Treated bed nets should be used sleeping. Mosquito repellent should be used when outdoor.


    Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of getting malaria. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria. Children under 5 years are at high risk of malaria.


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Botswana has had tremendous progress in the war against malaria with mortalities lowered significantly to 40 cases in the past five years.  
Since 2011, malaria-related deaths declined from eight to three by 2016.  Information released by the Ministry  of Health and Wellness this week indicates that in 2014, slightly higher mortalities were recorded at 22.
Chief  public  relations  officer  in  the  health  ministry,  Doreen  Motshegwa  told  Mmegi  there  has  been  a  significant reduction  in malaria related deaths  among the under 5's  and pregnant women. The malaria  budget allocation at national level is approximately P23.7 million, she explained.
Recently,  Botswana  was  honoured  by  the  African  Leaders  Malaria  Alliance  (ALMA) for  having  shown  commitment and innovation in the fight against the disease.
Botswana, together with Cape Verde, Comoros,  Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Swaziland and Uganda were recognised for their impact on  malaria incidence and mortality; and Chad, for its leadership in the fight against malaria at the recent 2017  ALMA Awards for Excellence.
With the development of a Malaria Control and Elimination Scorecard, Botswana has significantly enhanced  malaria tracking and accountability mechanisms.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that  Botswana decreased malaria incidence and malaria mortality by more than 40% from 2010 to 2015.
The country has monitored insecticide resistance since  2014,  and  a  national  plan  for  insecticide  resistance  monitoring and management is under  development.   The annual reported number of malaria cases  in  2015  was  326,  with  five  malaria-related  deaths. “The WHO predicts that Botswana  has the potential to eliminate local  transmission of malaria by 2020.
The  country  is  part  of  the  Elimination  8  (E8)  initiative,  which  is  working  to  strengthen  regional coordination to achieve elimination  in each of the E8 member countries and reduce  cross-border malaria transmission,” says the  Alliance.
Former health minister, Joy Phumaphi, who is ALMA's  executive secretary said at the event that hailed  Botswana for the achievement; “the progress in  Botswana shows what is possible when a country and its leaders make malaria a priority, this kind of progress proves that an Africa without malaria is within our reach”. The 2017 ALMA Awards for Excellence come just six months after the adoption of the 'Catalytic Framework' at  the 27th African Union Summit last July.  
The framework provides a roadmap for African countries to increase domestic resources, expand the use of  innovation and technology, and improve health infrastructure to eliminate malaria from the continent by  2030. Malaria remains a critical threat in Africa ? the region still bears the highest global malaria burden.
In  2015, 195 million of the 212 million new malaria cases and 394,000 of the world's 429,000 malaria-related  deaths were in Africa. 
Credit: Baboki Kayawe http://www.mmegi