The United States Mission in Uganda, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), yesterday launched a new project that aims to reduce malaria infections in Uganda by 50 percent over the next five years. . The project builds on the success achieved by the United States and Ugandan partners through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), where malaria rates in Ugandan children under five have fallen by 77 percent since 2006, while overall child mortality rates have fallen. down 53 percent.
“The control and elimination of malaria is the primary goal of the United States government. We share the vision that Uganda can be a place where no child dies from malaria; where communities and health facilities have the medicines they need to save lives; and where there are enough trained health workers to properly diagnose and treat every Ugandan with malaria,” said USAID Mission Director Richard Nelson at the project’s April 22 launch event.
PMI’s five-year $38 million Uganda Malaria Reduction Activity, implemented by a consortium led by John Snow Inc., will accelerate the goals of the Uganda Malaria Reduction and Elimination Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Control Division 2021–2025. This activity will help reduce malaria infections by 50 percent and malaria-related deaths by 75 percent in the West Nile, Lango, Acholi, Karamoja and Busoga regions, where the malaria burden is highest. The project will help ensure that Ugandans are not burdened by malaria, a preventable disease that disproportionately affects pregnant women and children under the age of five.
These activities have a strong community focus, providing high quality malaria prevention and treatment services that are decentralized and managed at the local level. The project also aims to strengthen partnerships with the private sector. This project will bring new energy to the fight against malaria; accelerate progress, which has stalled globally and in Uganda; and optimizing the use of existing and new tools to address current and emerging challenges.
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United States Launches New Malaria Reduction Project in Uganda
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