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A View from Rwanda: Congressional Briefing Highlights Impact of U.S. funded Anti-Malaria Programs
Date:4/23/2009

blank" title="Congressional Rwanda Briefing">The briefing, sponsored by the Global Health Council, Population Services International (PSI), and the Johns Hopkins University Global Program on Malaria, featured Rwandan Ambassador to the United States H.E. Eng. James Kimonyo, UN Special Envoy for Malaria, Ray Chambers; Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, U.S. Malaria Programs coordinator; Dr. Corine Karema, National Malaria Control Program Coordinator for Rwanda; and Staci Leuschner, PSI/Rwanda country representative. Matthew Lynch, director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Global Program on Malaria and vice chair of the Roll Back Malaria partnership, moderated the panel. The presentations at the event focused on a first-hand account of the progress the country and its partners have made against the disease and how it can serve as an example for other endemic countries.

In Rwanda the entire population is at risk for malaria. Yet, between 2001 and 2005, only a few hundred thousand insecticide-treated bednets were distributed to protect people against mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite, producing a negligible impact. Starting in 2006, the government of Rwanda aggressively increased its malaria intervention programs and distributed more 1.5 million malaria nets in one week. An additional 1.6 million were distributed by non-government organizations (NGOs). Now, roughly 60 percent of children under five and pregnant women in Rwanda sleep under malaria nets.

"Rwanda is a true success story and example of what can be done with the commitment of national leadership," said Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) Coordinator. "We look forward to continuing work in countries like Rwanda to put the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) into practice. The GMAP will help us build on these kinds of positive results by increasing our efforts in coordination with host countries, donors, NGOs, and ot
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