nutrition

20% reduction in malaria mortality rate in children under 5%

Over the past year, the United States and Madagascar have jointly promoted the fight against malaria, despite the immense challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontline health workers across the country, particularly doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers, have done everything possible to ensure that essential malaria services are maintained. Their efforts have saved lives and supported community resilience.

Through the President of the United States’ Malaria Initiative (PMI), the United States has joined Madagascar in the fight against malaria since 2008, contributing $ 357 million to date and $ 26 million in 2021 alone. PMI’s, released today, shows how the strong partnership between the United States and Madagascar has enabled continued robust and effective malaria services, while COVID-19 has also put significant pressure on the healthcare system.

In 2021, US government SME-funded programs produced 3.7 million
insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect more than 6 million people. Over the past year, 3.3 million doses of fast-acting drugs and two million malaria tests have also been provided to clinics and communities. More than 10,000 health care workers have received training that has enhanced their ability to detect and treat malaria.

According to the report, these interventions have helped Madagascar reduce the under-five mortality rate from malaria by 20%. This is largely due to a notable 250% increase in the number of children under five sleeping under a mosquito net and a 21% increase in the number of households with at least one mosquito net in the home.

“We can defeat malaria and its negative effects by giving people access to effective tools such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, as well as prevention, testing and treatment, especially for young children and pregnant women,” she said.
John Dunlop, USAID Director General. “Madagascar fights malaria using proven and cost-effective methods that save lives and promise a healthier and more prosperous future for families and communities.”

Under the direction of the National Malaria Control Program (PNLP) of the Ministry of Health
Public, the PMI allocates $ 26 million annually to protect the Malagasy population from malaria.

This support provides the equipment and drugs needed to test and treat millions of cases of
malaria, strengthen surveillance, improve laboratory performance, and protect health
pregnant women.

With an annual contribution of over $ 72 million to Madagascar’s health sector, the United States stands side by side with the government of Madagascar as “Mpirahalahy mianala” to improve the health of the Malagasy people. The United States, as the largest health sector donor in Madagascar, funds interventions including the fight against infectious diseases, support for the improvement of family planning, maternal and child health, nutrition, access to clean water and strengthening health systems.

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