In 2018, The RTS Vaccine, the world vaccine against malaria will be introduced in Kenya, Ghana and Malaria. The World Health Organisation, WHO says the vaccine was to save thousands of lives. it still uncertain if the vaccine would be viable in poor countries.
Dr Matishido Moeti, regional director of World Health Organisation made this statement
“Information gathered in the pilot programme will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine. Combined with existing malaria interventions, such a vaccine would have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa.”
The vaccine would be given four times; once a month for 3 months and the fourth dose would be give a year and four months( 18 months) after. WHO issued the pilot programmes in the three countries so it will help them make a decision on a wider use of the vaccine.
the three countries were selected due to the high rate of serious malaria cases affecting over 750,000 children in each country.