SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

UNICEF prepares response to malaria cases in Chad

The United Nation's Children's Fund announced last week that, along with the World Health Organization, it has prepared a response to the resurgence of malaria in Chad.

UNICEF gave out more than 126,000 Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets to health clinics and posts in the most affected areas of Chad. Some emergency stocks of bed nets were also given out to health districts in some areas. An additional 200,000 LLINs were given to the government of Chad for a mass distribution campaign that will take place in the Batha region in central Chad.

"In Chad, children under five and pregnant women are the most at risk and vulnerable," Bruno Maes, the UNICEF Representative in Chad, said. "Health centers will serve as bed net distribution points to ensure that the intervention package will reach the most vulnerable populations and affected-persons will receive adequate care."

As of September 22, there have been more than 618,000 cases of suspected malaria, including 1,678 malaria-related deaths. This is a rise compared to last year, which had 412,000 suspected cases and 870 malaria-related deaths during the same time.

UNICEF also provided approximately 140,000 diagnostic tests and anti-malarials, with an additional emergency order from the government of Chad for 215,000 more treatments through UNICEF's support.