Liberia will tomorrow join the rest of the world to commemorate World Malaria Day under the theme, Invest in the future. Defeat Malaria”, with a local slogan, “Everywhere, Every Night, Sleep Under the Net”.
World Malaria Day was instituted by WHO Member States during the World Health Assembly of 2007 to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.
It is also an opportunity for countries in affected regions to learn from each other’s experiences and support each other’s efforts in the prevention and control of the disease.
During the indoor program at the Monrovia City Hall on Saturday, the Health Ministry in collaboration with Plan Liberia and other partners will launch the distribution campaign of 2.8 million mosquito nets in the country.
A Health Ministry press release issued yesterday said President Sirleaf, is expected to perform the launching ceremonies of the 2.8 million mosquito nets distribution campaign.
The 2.8 million long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets (LLINs) which were donated by the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) in Liberia, is the largest single donation of LLINs since the start of Global Fund project in Liberia in.
This national mass campaign is targeting the entire population across the 15 counties, including those worst affected by malaria: pregnant women and children under five.
The release further named dignitaries expected to grace the occasion as U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac, the Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Health, Senator, Dr. Peter S. Coleman and Representative Johnson Toe Chea, Health Minister Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, Mr. Noah Zahbrobsky, Fund Portfolio Manager, for the Global Fund and Mr. Koala Oumarou. Country Director, Plan Liberia and Dr. Claude Ernile Rwagacacondo, Roll Back Malaria Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa, among others.
The Principal Recipients of the Global Fund Malaria grant in Liberia, the Ministry of Health and Plan Liberia are implementing several malaria control prevention activities nationwide, including the distribution of LLINs thereby creating access for more families to prevent malaria and help significantly reduce the mortality of pregnant women and children under five. The LLINs will be provided to household free of charge.