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Government of Madagascar and Coalition of Global Partners Launch Measles and Malaria Prevention Campaign
Date:10/21/2007

ganizations from around the world are raising awareness and mobilizing communities to distribute nets. In addition to the Measles Initiative partners, the fight against malaria is being led by agencies, including: the Canadian Red Cross; the Canadian International Development Agency; the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Malaria No More; Population Services International; the President's Malaria Initiative; the Roll Back Malaria Partnership; and others. In Madagascar, the insecticide-treated mosquito nets were produced by the private sector companies, Sumitomo Chemical and Vestergaard-Frandsend.

"By focusing the world's attention on malaria and working in a collaborative spirit, the international community is turning the corner in preventing malaria and improving the lives of children," said Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. "We are grateful to the government of Madagascar and all of our partners for showing what we can achieve together, and for bringing help and hope to the children of this country."

Prior to the campaign, health workers and trained volunteers, including from the Malagasy Red Cross Society, will inform families about the importance of vaccinations and proper health care. On the ground, health workers from UNICEF, WHO and other agencies will provide technical support to the government, including logistics, social mobilization, training, and monitoring and evaluation. Trained volunteers will follow-up the campaign by educating families about how to properly use and care for mosquito nets.

Led by the Madagascar Ministry of Health and Family Planning, the integrated health campaign is a collaborative effort among the American Red Cross; the Canadian International Development Agency; the Canadian Red Cross; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Global Health Advocates, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; the Ma
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