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[Somalia] Global Fund grants to fight malaria

2004.06.28
Global Fund grants Somalia US$8.9m to fight malaria Nairobi, 28 June, 2004 ?The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) has given a grant of nearly US$8.9 million to Somalia to prevent and control malaria, one of the main killers of children in the country. Speaking about the grant in Nairobi today, Andrea Berloffa, Chairperson of the Health Sector Committee of the Somalia Aid Coordination Body (SACB) said the funds were crucial in Somalia뭩 fight against malaria and will be utilized over a two-year period. Approximately 4.6 million people, among them 966,000 children under the age of five and 230,000 pregnant women, will benefit. ’’This grant will help reduce death and illness of children and women in the country. For a country that has been devastated by conflict, flood and drought, and with very little internal infrastructure, this kind of support will significantly accelerate prevention and control efforts,’’ Berloffa said. The grant follows a successful application to the Global Fund by SACB, which comprises donor governments, UN agencies, NGOs and inter-governmental organisations working inside Somalia. UNICEF Representative to Somalia Jesper Morch said the grant will be used to strengthen malaria control programmes in Somalia, help reduce the burden of disease and contribute to poverty reduction. 밫he net effect is that we will also have assisted to build and support health systems in the country,’’ he said. The grant will cover the procurement and distribution of subsidised insecticide treated nets (ITNs); the development of relevant policies and guidelines for health workers; and the strengthening of diagnostic laboratory systems. The grant will also scale up access to preventive treatment at antenatal clinics and ensure availability of anti-malarial drugs in 520 public health facilities by 2005-2006. Approximately 3120 health personnel will be trained in malaria case management and in use of the guidelines that will be developed. ’’Accessibility to prompt and effective treatment is crucial in saving lives, hence the need for training and developing the treatment guidelines.?said Mr Morch, 밫his grant will make high quality drugs and high quality treatment available to millions of people throughout Somalia and will complement funding already received by agencies through other donor groups.’’ UNICEF, the Principle Recipient of the grant, will implement the grant in close collaboration with the SACB Health Sector Committee, and with sub-recipients of the grant ?including the World Health Organisation, Comitato Internazionale Per I Sviluppo Dei Populi (CISP), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)/Somalia Red Crescent Society (SRCS), Africa Action Hilfe (AAH), Merlin, World Vision International, Coordinating Committee of the Organization for Voluntary Service (COSV) and Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA). Interventions will be done in partnership with local health authorities, international and national/local NGOs and Community Based Organisations which are already implementing malaria-related activities throughout Somalia. Malaria is one of the major health concerns in Somalia. In Central and Southern Somalia, malaria is estimated to account for approximately 12 percent of all illnesses among children under-five years of age. The problem is highest along the rivers and settlements with artificial water reservoirs where there is all-year-round transmission. About 80 percent of malaria cases in Somalia occur in the Shabelle and Juba River basins. Outside of the malaria endemic areas, it is estimated that 87 percent of Somalis are at risk of being exposed to malaria epidemics. ________________________ About the SACB Established in December 1993, at the 4th Coordination Meeting on Humanitarian Assistance for Somalia, the SACB is the platform for coordination of international aid to Somalia and provides a framework for the development of common approaches, notably with a view to improving the cohesion and efficiency of resources allocated. SACB partners include bilateral and multilateral donors, Intergovernmental Organisations, United Nations (UN) agencies, international and national Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) holds observer status and acts in close cooperation with the SACB. About the Global Fund The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) is an independent public-private partnership working to increase funding to fight these three diseases in countries with the greatest need and contribute to poverty reduction as part of the Millennium Development Goals. The Fund supports efforts in prevention, treatment, care and support of the infected and directly affected that complement existing programmes and/or activities. About UNICEF For nearly 60 years, UNICEF has been the world뭩 leader for children, working on the ground in 158 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world뭩 largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. * * *
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