Over the last 10 years, Kenya has made progress in malaria control. However, the country is still far from defeating the disease.

Compromising the fight against malaria are factors such as poor knowledge of the disease and the lack of diagnostic equipment in health facilities. Also: people are not taking preventive measures seriously - such as sleeping under insecticide treated nets. Many women are also not taking antimalarial drugs during pregnancy.

A review of data reveals that there is currently less investment in malaria than in the past. Additionally, there is a plateau in the number of houses who own insecticide treated nets. Last year alone, Kenya lost more than 30,000 people from malaria.

To roll back malaria, the Government must invest more in new initiatives and tools for fighting it even as it makes use of emerging epidemiological knowledge of the disease.

Malaria in Kenya

Malaria is one of the leading diseases in Kenya.

Mapping malaria

It is only in Central Kenya where there is little or no transmission of malaria.

Preventing the bite

Kenya is far from achieving universal access to insecticide-treated nets.

Mothers at risk

Having all pregnant women in malaria endemic areas take antimalarial drugs is one of the ways to...

Treating the fever

Many parents in the lake malaria endemic area do not seek prompt treatment when their children have...

Diagnosis of malaria

In Kenya most cases of malaria are clinically diagnosed.

Knowledge gap

Too many mothers do not believe that malaria medicine can cure a child’s fever.

Malaria deaths by region

While Nyanza records more cases of malaria per year, it is in the Rift Valley that the highest...

Malaria cases per population

Although malaria is easily preventable, millions of Kenyans suffer from it every year.

Investing in malaria

Investment in initiatives to fight malaria in Kenya have dropped in the last two years.