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Eradicating Malaria through the Use of Mobile Phones

Tomorrow, Friday, April 25 is the World Malaria Day 2014 themed “Invest in the future. Defeat Malaria”. Every 45 seconds, a child in Africa dies of malaria, according to Nigeria’s Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Chinedu Chukwu. The situation is getting worse, following the high resistance to modern day vaccines by the malaria scourge, especially in Africa.

world-malaria-dayWorried by the number of deaths caused by the malaria disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been carrying out series of research on how to eradicate it, and has set aside April 25 every year to celebrate World Malaria Day, in order to accelerate hope and to come up with solutions that will further save more lives.

In line with the aspiration of WHO, Mobile Software Solutions Limited, a Nigerian software firm, designed a software-based technology solution that could be deployed online to reach 50-250 million mobile phones and offline on PC and tablets to reach 20-50 million students in tertiary institutions in Africa.

Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Software Solutions Limited, the developer of the new Malaria Destroyer Game (MDG), Mr. Chris Uwaje, said Nigeria could resolve her colossal malaria scourge by 50 per cent in the shortest possible time in compliance with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), using the Malaria Destroyer Game. The game could help in eradicating malaria in Africa.

Uwaje explained that the application/solution is geared towards the eradicating malaria in Africa and world over. The stack version of the application is designed to reach about 50 million people in Nigeria, 150 million in West Africa and over 500 million in Africa. The app is available for download on Google Play

Malaria still kills an estimated 627 000 people every year, mainly children under 5 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013, 97 countries had on-going malaria transmission. Every year, more than 200 million cases occur, and most of these cases are never tested or registered.