World Malaria Day 2013

19 April 2013 This sixth annual World Malaria Day, the child health team of USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is highlighting its contributions to scaling up prevention and treatment of malaria, one of three largest preventable causes of death among children under five, in the slideshow below. These contributions supported by USAID and PMI include:
19 April 2013 The Malaria Communities Program (MCP) was launched December 14, 2006. Through 20 awards to 18 partners in 12 countries, PMI has supported efforts of communities and NGOs to combat malaria at the local level. The MCP has increased local and indigenous capacity to undertake community-based malaria prevention and treatment activities; built local ownership of malaria control for the long-term in partnership with communities and NMCPs; and extended coverage of PMI and NMCP interventions to reach a larger beneficiary population.
19 April 2013 Samata village, Mali, is a rural, agricultural community of about 1,200 people located 35 km (more than 21 miles) from the nearest community-owned health center of Djidian, and 75 km (about 46 miles) from the nearest Reference Health Center of Kita. Before the Community Essential Care program was implemented by MCHIP in collaboration with UNICEF and other partners, the villagers in Samata would walk for four hours to seek care in Djidian when their children were sick. Lack of accessible and high-quality health services took the lives of many children, with malaria being the leading cause of mortality.
19 April 2013 An estimated 200,000 newborns die annually as a result of malaria in pregnancy (MIP). The care expectant mothers receive is vital to providing babies with a healthy start in life—and preventing and controlling MIP is no exception. In fact, recent evidence supports that use of bednets and intermittent preventive treatment by pregnant women is associated with reductions in neonatal mortality and low-birth weight. As in the following example from Kenya, health care providers are working tirelessly to provide malaria prevention and control services during antenatal care, contributing to healthy mothers and newborns.
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