Tuesday, 25 September 2012

MALARIA: US promises more support in Tanzania’s fight against malaria


Monday, 24 September 2012 08:28

The US government has promised more support to Tanzania in the fight against malaria and will partner with all relevant institutions in addressing the problem.
A representative of the USAID Office in Tanzania, Ms Jessica Katuka, said during the closing of a training programme for local government officials that more funds would be channelled through the US President's Malaria Initiative (PMI).
She noted that the US government through PMI would continue partnering with the ministries of Health of Tanzania and Zanzibar and the Malaria Control programmes to control malaria in the country.
"Annually the United States President PMI provides a significant amount of money to support interventions such as reducing the vector population," she said at the Nelson Mandela University outside Arusha where the two-week training programme took place.
Other interventions include procurement and distribution of insecticide treated nets (ITNs), prevention of malaria in pregnant women to protect the mother and her unborn child and proper diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
The training programme attracted local government representatives from the Lake Zone regions of Kagera, Mwanza and  Mara. However, organisers could not say if the newly-created regions of Simiyu and Geita which are also within the zone were represented.
The purpose of the training programme, according to Ms Katuka, was to develop their capacity in critical planning, implementation and monitoring of malaria control projects.

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