The fight against malaria started since ‘Imo River’ and it is still ongoing in these days of Eko Atlantic.

At some point, it appeared the war was being won but that is no longer the case.

This is because, the disease keeps rising in areas where conflicts persist.

This prompted experts to warn on Tuesday that the global gains in the fight against the disease could be reversed.

Countries where fresh cases are often recorded need to control the disease in conflict zones, where deaths and infections are rising.

You see, according to the World Health Organization, WHO, in past 15 years the disease has been in decline but due to conflicts, it reared its ugly head again in 2016 with the number of malaria cases rising worldwide.

What more? Africa, where you are probably reading this from, accounts for about nine in ten deaths and cases, with more than a third concentrated in two countries - Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC.

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Nigeria and DRC are also places where conflict has forced millions to flee their homes.

Tackling malaria in such places requires new strategies since those used elsewhere - such as distributing bed nets - do not work, said Richard Allen, head of The Mentor Initiative, an organisation focused on disease control in humanitarian crises.

“All too often we try to make the wrong tool fit the context,” Allen said in an interview ahead of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria’s (MIM) pan-African conference this week.

“Where is a displaced person going to hang a net?” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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