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Central African Republic: Red Cross launches country-wide mosquito net distribution campaign to tackle malaria, number one killer in the country

Published: 11 December 2014

Bangui / Geneva, 11 December 2014 – A nationwide campaign to distribute 2.2 million mosquito nets in Central African Republic has been launched by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Malaria is the country’s number one killer. In Bangui alone, there are more than 50,000 confirmed cases of malaria every month, and the disease accounts for one-third of all hospital consultations. Between May and July 2013, malaria caused 70 per cent of all paediatric deaths in the country’s northwest region.

Ongoing conflict in Central African Republic has damaged its health system, making it harder to combat malaria, a very preventable and treatable disease. Achieving universal coverage with long-lasting insecticide-treated nets will make a significant difference.

“For months now, Central African Republic has been in the middle of a humanitarian crisis. Instability and violence in many parts of the country have led to a total disruption of the health system,” said Walter Cotte, Under Secretary General, IFRC. “These mosquito nets are going to save lives now, but the data we are currently collecting will also allow the country to have evidence of its needs to better respond in the future.”

The humanitarian situation in Central African Republic has left more than 420,000 people internally displaced, while 410,000 more have fled to neighbouring countries.

"This is a major milestone in the fight against malaria in Central African Republic," added Cotte. "Making a difference on malaria in a context such as this, and in any other fragile state, is crucial to reducing the vulnerabilities of communities which are already deeply affected by the situation in their country.”

In 2013, IFRC and Global Fund signed a grant agreement to combat the malaria crisis gripping Central African Republic. A further grant was also recently signed for HIV and Tuberculosis. Totaling 19 million euros, it focuses largely on providing treatment and diagnostic capacities for the two diseases.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the worlds largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through its 189 member National Societies. Together, IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. It does so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions. For more information, please visit www.ifrc.org. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

In Central African Republic:

Nelly Muluka, communications delegate, IFRC

Mobile: +236 72 03 05 57 E-mail: nelly.muluka@ifrc.org

 

In Ethiopia/Nairobi:

Katherine Mueller, communications manager, IFRC Africa

Mobile: +251 930 03 3413 / +254 731 688 613 – E-mail : katherine.mueller@ifrc.org

 

In Geneva:

Benoit Carpentier, team leader, public communications, IFRC

Mobile : +41 79 213 24 13 E-mail : benoit.carpentier@ifrc.org

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