USAID Provides Malaria Assistance to Zimbabwe
USAID, through the President’s Malaria Initiative, is supporting emergency Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) to shore up gaps in the country’s usually strong spraying efforts. While the country retains adequate stocks of malaria drugs, less than half of the usual level of indoor mosquito spraying has occurred. The program will reach 20 districts that would have otherwise gone without this integral malaria protection mechanism. The Ministry of Health in
The timing of this intervention is vitally important as it will cover a large portion of the population just in time for the season of highest malaria transmittance. Malaria cases in
Indoor Residual Spraying shortens the lifetime of mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite. When a mosquito lands in a home that has been sprayed, the mosquito is killed or its life is shortened so that it cannot pass parasites from one person to another.
USAID provided emergency funding of
For more information about USAID’s malaria programs visit: http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_health/id/malaria/index.html and http://pmi.gov/.
The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years.
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