Plan partners with The Global Fund to stop malaria
Lome, TOGO: Across the country, distributions of materials and medicines to prevent malaria and reduce the number of infections of guinea worms and river blindness will start this month as part of a $25.2 million partnership between the Ministry of Health, Plan and The Global Fund.
The partnership in Togo is one of three between Plan and The Global Fund in West Africa with a combined value of more than $50.5 million. Burkina Faso ($13.6 million) and Cameroon ($12.1 million) are the other recipient countries. As project implementation winds down in Burkina, it is scaling up in Togo and Cameroon this month. All projects will be complete by February 2013.
With a focus on child participation, Plan works with local partners and its own child and youth groups to deliver long-lasting insecticide nets (LLIN) and raise awareness of malaria prevention and treatment. In addition, communities are made aware of other easily prevented and treated maladies caused by parasites. Treatment is made available at net distribution sites with Vitamin A (deficiency-immune boost), Ivermectrin (river blindness-round worms), Albendazole (guinea worms), and Praziquantel (schistosomiasis-snail fever).
Children under five are particularly vulnerable to malaria and Vitamin A deficiency. In Africa, every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria and accounts for 20% of child deaths according to the World Health Organization.
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