WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Global Fund and Red Cross partner to control malaria epidemic in CAR

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced on Wednesday that it partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to combat malaria in the Central African Republic.

The grant, valued at approximately $20.7 million, will allow for the distribution of more than 2 million mosquito nets across the CAR to help protect approximately 5 million people against a malaria infection. The grant will also help increase malaria diagnostics and treatment in the nation.

"There is no doubt that the Central African Republic is in the midst of a humanitarian emergency," Secretary General of the IFRC Bekele Geleta said. "The recent instability and violence in this country has exposed millions to the risks of malnutrition and preventable diseases such as malaria. The support from the Global Fund gives us an important opportunity to tackle this growing risk. Malaria remains the leading killer in the Central African Republic. This project will prevent thousands of unnecessary deaths and benefit the entire population by providing them with the means to protect themselves against malaria," he added.

The Global Fund reported approximately 70 percent of all pediatric deaths between May and July of this year were due to malaria. The Global Fund, IFRC, United Nations Children's Fund, African Leaders Malaria Alliance and Médecins sans Frontières have partnered together to combat malaria.

"Working together with the IFRC in the Central African Republic is a great step forward," Executive Director of the Global Fund Mark Dybul said. "Not only will the funding support prevention, diagnosis and treatment, it will also enable us to collect more data about the spread of malaria to inform the new funding model when it starts in 2014."