According to Uganda’s Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS 2016), 1 in 16 Ugandan children do not live to reach their fifth birthday. Thanks to the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program, health facilities across the cadres are improving services to reduce referral and treatment costs for families by ensuring timely and correct classification and management of children under-five.
We need funding and investments in the supply chains that get nets to communities, diagnostics tools to practitioners, entomology supplies to researchers, insecticides and equipment to spray programs, and medicines to clients, wherever and whenever they are needed. Investments in supply chain strengthening contribute to greater product availability, preventing, diagnosing, and treating malaria, and ultimately in malaria case outcomes. Supply chain strengthening remains a critical component of the global malaria agenda.
Victoria notes that providing treatment in the community has also made caregivers more responsive to health education messages on improving household practices related to hygiene and sanitation, using long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets, and taking children with complications and non-iCCM conditions to the health centers.
On this World Malaria Day, April 25 2016, the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT joins with partners around the world in recognizing the achievements made in combating this deadly disease, as well as the critical need to sustain and increase our efforts in the coming years. With 214 million cases in the last year, it has never been more important to continue the fight against malaria.
World Malaria Day 2016 reminds us that robust financial investment, political will, and innovation are essential to ensure continued success in ending malaria for good. Prevention and treatment are equally important in the fight against malaria, and both depend on accurate and timely diagnosis. Nowhere is the need greater than in Nigeria, which has the highest mortality and morbidity due to malaria infections in the world. Malaria accounts for about 30% of all under-5 pediatric deaths each year and is the single biggest driver of demand for health services, accounting for 60% of all outpatient visits annually.
In remote regions of Ethiopia, JSI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are working to improve access to essential health services and commodities, including vaccines. Learn more in a new blog by Dr. Orin Levine, Director of Vaccine Delivery for the Gates Foundation.
Since 2006, the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT has worked to improve the health and well-being of communities around the world.