In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Airtel, one of the country’s leading telecommunications companies, has recently launched an initiative to strengthen awareness and prevention of malaria, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program and Impact Santé Afrique (ISA). This initiative involves the free dissemination of text messages (SMS) to inform citizens about ways to prevent malaria, a disease that continues to pose a major challenge for the country.

In 2022, the number of malaria cases was estimated at 249 million in 85 countries and territories where malaria is endemic, an increase of 5 million compared to 2021 (WHO Report). Four countries accounted for just over half of all malaria deaths worldwide in 2022, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (12%).

Funding for malaria control is insufficient, underscoring the importance of stimulating efforts and contributions from the private sector towards the goal of malaria elimination.

Impact Santé Afrique and its partners thank Airtel for its leadership and commitment to the health and well-being of Congolese communities. 11 million SMS messages were sent in this initial phase. Thanks to this investment, the fight against malaria through SMS messages will preserve the lives of thousands of people. For Georges Lumbayi Lumbayi, Regional Operating Director à Airtel RDC:

With pregnant women and children being vulnerable to malaria, it is urgent to act! My wish is for my company to continue contributing to efforts aimed at eliminating malaria in our local communities through the cellular messaging service…

Together, we can strengthen the fight against malaria in Africa and create a healthier future for all.