Ivory Coast attains universal insecticidal net coverage
The $55 million Global Fund campaign began last year, and will soon end in the county’s capital, Abidjan. Approximately 18,500 people volunteered for the distribution, which received expertise and logistical support from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and CARE.
The country has made notable progress in protecting its citizens against malaria since 2002. Experts estimate that these changes have saved millions of lives.
“With the conclusion of our distribution of 13 million mosquito nets, we will enable (Ivory Coast) to reach universal coverage for the first time,” Raymonde Goudou Coffie, Ivory Coast's minister of health and the fight against AIDS, said. “This is a huge step forward which will save thousands of lives. The challenges we face are enormous but I remain convinced that it is indeed possible to eradicate malaria in the (Ivory Coast). We will only achieve this, together with our partners, in solidarity.”
Health professionals remain realistic about the changes that still need to be made to fight malaria, as there are resources that must be used to fight the disease.