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Fight Against Malaria: The United States and Cote D’Ivoire Present the 2018-2019 Action Plan

The United States, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), presented on Friday, September 21, 2018, in the presence of the Director General of Health Pr. Dagnan N. Simplice, the intervention framework of the National Strategy for Disease Control. fight against malaria in Côte d’Ivoire that will be supported under the US Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI).

This presentation to the various stakeholders in the fight against this endemic, focused on the actions for the fiscal years 2018 and 2019 jointly developed by the PNLP and PMI through, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

These action plans are the result of two weeks of work marked by meetings with the authorities of the Ministry of Health and the implementation agencies of PMI.

As a reminder, the contribution of the US government to the Global Fund and PMI represents 40% of investments in malaria control globally.

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Over the last 10 years, the US government’s contribution, through the PMI, has saved the lives of nearly two million children in sub-Saharan Africa, according to an independent study published in 2017.

PMI also provides cross-cutting investments in the supply chain, health systems strengthening, communication for social and behavioral change, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; and operational research.

Operational plans discussed between Ivorian and US parties will be reviewed and approved by PMI authorities in Washington by November 2018.

Led by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented jointly with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PMI invested in 2018, and will invest over the next two years 2018 and 2020 over 13 billion CFA francs (25 million US dollars) per year.

Malaria is the leading cause of consultation and hospitalization in Côte d’Ivoire. It is responsible for 40% of absenteeism in school and work, and 50% loss of farm income. Malaria is also the cause of 33% of hospital deaths.

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