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12 million bednets and innovative thinking make Ghana malaria partnership a success
Date:6/3/2013

In a report to be released this month, the Promoting Malaria Prevention and Treatment (ProMPT) Project will describe an innovative model for distributing over 12 million mosquito nets to prevent the transmission of malaria in Ghana.

In collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), and funding from the US Agency for international Development (USAID), the four year long project ensured that millions of households learned how to use nets treated with insecticide to kill mosquitoes, which can transmit malaria. The $20 million project, funded through the United States President's Malaria Initiative, was an interagency initiative led by USAID, with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a key partner.

Managed by University Research Co., LLC (URC) in collaboration with Malaria Consortium and the Population Council, ProMPT worked with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) of the Ghana Health Service since 2009 to strengthen malaria prevention and control through a number of strategies. This included distributing nets door-to-door, increasing prevention of malaria among women during pregnancy, and improving treatment of malaria in health care facilities and communities. Community volunteers also demonstrated how to hang nets in households.

Andrew (Andy) Karas, Deputy Director of the USAID Mission in Accra, said at a meeting convened to present and discuss project achievements with partners and stakeholders this Spring: "It is a personal honor for me to celebrate the achievements that the Government of Ghana, USAID, and the PRoMPT project have made over the last four years in Ghana. And these achievements couldn't have been made without a truly collaborative effort."

Malaria Consortium's Malaria Technical Advisor Richmond Ato Selby said: "The ProMPT project's holistic approach to the implementation of activities and its effective collaboration with the NMCP, health authorities at various levels and oth
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Contact: Elizabeth Ransom
eransom@urc-chs.com
301-941-8442
University Research Co., LLC
Source:Eurekalert

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