A section of Members of Parliament in Uganda on 20th April 2022 has challenged Government to consider the gene drive technologies as a sure means of fighting Malaria, which accounts for an estimated 30,900 deaths in the country annually.
The recommendation to consider gene drive technology came to the fore during a plenary session deliberating on a motion for a resolution of Parliament to urge Government to strengthen efforts to prevent, control, and eliminate the transmission of Malaria in Uganda.
The motion was moved by Jinja South County West MP, Dr Timothy Batuwa and seconded by Kashari North MP Basir Bataringanya, Bugiri District Woman MP, Taaka Agnes, and supported by the whole House.
While presenting the motion, Batuwa said that Uganda has one of the highest global cases of malaria and is ranked fourth in the African region with over 90% of the population at risk especially children and pregnant mothers.
The discussion in Parliament came as part of several engagements organised by the Centre for Policy Analysis and the Parliamentary Forum on Malaria, in commemoration of World Malaria month in Uganda.