Liberia among Countries with Higher Malaria Prevalence -USAID Deputy Mission DirectorPosted: May 1, 2012
Ms. Rosen disclosed, among other things, that since 2008, the President’s Malaria Initiative has invested more than US$50 million in assistance to the Government of Liberia to reduce the prevalence of malaria among Liberians and to prevent new cases of the disease from occurring.
According to the USAID Mission Director, that assistance has translated into the purchase and distribution of more than one million mosquito nets to communities and health facilities as well as the spraying of more than 80,000 households with insecticide to protect household dwellers from contracting malaria.
“At USAID, we are pleased to see encouraging signs of progress in the government’s efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality related to malaria,” the USAID official said.
She noted that the annual report of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) revealed that in 2011, 1.8 million people suspected of malaria were properly diagnosed either with a rapid diagnostic test kit or through microscopy.