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Commentary: Let’s fight malaria one region at a time

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    Journalist at The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, September 11 2019   /  12:23 am

Malaria case numbers across the nation have been declining annually with the government’s scaled-up prevention efforts against the transmission of vector-borne diseases. Yet, the Health Ministry recently reported that the 2014-2018 decline in malaria cases has stagnated, indicating that the national malaria program has bottomed out in terms of both reducing cases and eliminating malaria in the most challenging regions and conditions.Although the report cites a significant overall decline in malaria cases, infection rates have increased in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua. Papua has recorded an annual increase in its contribution to the nation’s incidence rate of malaria, with Papua accounting for 79 percent of all malaria cases in 2018.Indonesia recorded 222,085 malaria cases last year, with Papua reporting the largest number of infections with 176,070 case...