M’laya tops list in reducing malaria cases in
country, says WHO report
(Source: The Shillong Times, WHO, NVBDCP)
Meghalaya has topped the list in reducing malaria cases by 59 per cent in the country, the ‘World
Malaria Report 2020’ prepared by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has said.
Experts believe that by this rate, the hill state can eliminate malaria before the target year of
The survey was based on mathematical projections of the progress made by endemic zones in
reducing the malaria burden.
Meghalaya was able to reduce malaria cases by as much as 87 per cent in 2019 itself.
BAKDIL among the major organization helps in eliminating Malaria in Garo hills. There has
been an 80% reduction in malaria cases in South Garo Hills District since BAKDIL too up the
implementation of IMEP in the year 2011.
The state has a target of eliminating the once widespread disease by 2030 and even earlier.
This is a result of regular surveillance and the proper implementation of the ‘High Burden to
High Impact’ programme initiated by the WHO.
The programme was implemented across the country under the National Framework of Malaria
Elimination, which is being run by the Union government.
“Two decades from 2000 to 2020 was a period of extraordinary success in malaria control,” the
As many as 1.5 billion cases and 7.6 million deaths were averted worldwide, according to the
India contributed to the largest absolute reductions in the WHO South-East Asia Region, from
about 20 million cases in 2000 to about 5.6 million in 2019.
Anti-malaria drug resistance was also growing fast, according to another WHO report released
Five countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam,
Thailand and Myanmar have been the epicentres of anti-malarial drug resistance. “Incidentally,
three states in India’s North East also reported resistance to commonly used drug against
malaria,” the report added.
Unfortunately, the big gains made have levelled off — a trend observed over recent years — and
more so in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The restrictions related to control the pandemic caused disruptions in essential malaria
services,” the report added.
Source: The Shillong Times, WHO, NVBDCP
BAKDIL run PHCs have successfully delivered 11 years of healthcare services and helped save thousands of people from remote areas.
In the year 2009 BAKDIL has taken up FIVE PHCs which were then abandoned and most neglected ones. The organization had to struggle a lot s the people were against BAKDIL in maintaining the PHCs. However, BAKDIL spares no efforts to implement BAKDIL’s motto of “SAVING LIVES”.
Eleven years now and the conditions of all the PHCs have visibly improved from every aspect. More than five thousand children were born in the PHC itself and overall 70% infant immunization has been achieved.
Earlier when government run these PHCs doctors would visit the phc only once or twice a week and there were no sufficient staffs. Immunization of children was just a mystery then. Hospitals itself looked more likely dilapidated houses.
However, after BAKDIL taken up the maintenance of PHCs under Private Public Partnership, the hospitals continued to give healthcare service regularly without ceasing despite many struggles and difficulties.
Doctors and all other staffs are giving their 100% effort in saving lives and making people aware about all the diseases and precautions. All five PHCs have been organizing VHND every month to give awareness to the people.
Mrs. Bijonti Marak from Bamonpara village formed a Self Help Group (SHG) along with 10 other women on 10th February 2004 to collectively address the issues and problems they encounter in their daily life. Their Group was named as Balsimchi SHG. After being christened although they attended much training for Income Generating Activities, the economic assistance was extremely slow and therefore they could not start any livelihood development programme. But during a training programme on Dairy Farming at Bakdil Training centre she was identified as one of the beneficieries for dairy programme and received a sum of Rs. 40,000/-. The State Bank of India was to support a loan cum subsidiary from NABARD but after nearly 16 months of paper work, State Bank turned down the application and Bakdil on its own and based on sheer trust loaned out a sum of Rs. 40,000/- and also assisted to purchase a cow. In about 14 months she has nearly refunded most of the amount loaned to her.Her Annual income is Rs. 96000/- to Rs. 1,08,000/- (daily income was around Rs. 350 to Rs. 400/- and the monthly income came around Rs. 8000 to Rs. 9000/- , after deducting Monthly expenditure of around 2500 to Rs. 3000/- for dairy farm maintenance such as Feeds, Medicines, oil Cakes, etc).
She Says, “I am Grateful to Bakdil NGO for their support and financial assistant for taking up such a good source of supplementary income generating activities for earning the livelihood.
I refunded the loan money with my daily income by selling the milk in the local market. Now I can spend the money for my day to day expenditure.
Also I have taken Loan from Bakdil Micro Finance under the Women Economic Empowerment Programme, a sum of rupees 5000/- for making the Cowshed. This loan is also refunded successfully.
I am happy with what Bakdil NGO is doing for the People of Garo Hills and I pray to GOD to help all the Staffs of the Bakdil NGO.”
The story of Bijonti Marak may be the story of every woman if they have access to the right kind of guidance and timely financial assistance.