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Rwanda’s Fight Against Malaria Gets $53m Boost

In this file photo taken on May 1, 2018, a worker of the Entomologist Research Centre takes a mosquito to analyze it for the presence of malaria parasite in Obuasi, Ashanti Region in Ghana. – A miniscule parasite that goes by the name of Plasmodium is responsible for killing half a million people per year, most of them African children. The first malaria vaccines for children, called RTS,S, will be distributed in thee African countries in 2019, though it only reduces the risk of malaria by 40 percent after four doses. (Photo by CRISTINA ALDEHUELA / AFP)

 

The Rwandan government has received a $53m grant from the Global Fund as a contribution towards a whopping $280 million required in malaria prevention and treatment efforts running between 2020 and 2024.

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In an exclusive interview with the New Times Rwanda, the Head of the Malaria and other Parasitic Infections Unit at the Rwanda Biomedical Centre, Dr Aimable Mbituyumuremyi, said that with effect from this month, the Global Fund package will be broken down and used over the next three years to cover specific areas.

Besides the Global Fund, Rwanda also received funding from the US through the Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) to the tune of around $18m. This money will particularly go to spraying in three districts, procurement of mosquito nets and malaria drugs.

As of February 2019, the Global Fund had invested about US$1.4 billion in Rwanda since 2003 and was running US$210m in active grants.

By September last year, the government had managed to obtain a funding commitment of about $206.8m (equivalent to 74%) but was sourcing funds to a tune of $73m to roll out a plan that is aimed at momentum towards eliminating malaria.No details are available of the total amount that has so far been received from the commitments.

However, Rwanda is not only a beneficiary but it is also a donor, having pledged $3.5m to the Fund’s Sixth Replenishment between 2011 and 2022.

Recent statistics from the Ministry of Health reveal that the national malaria cases reduced from 401 cases per 1,000-person in 2017-2018 fiscal year to 200 cases per 1,000-person in 2019-2020.

The Global Fund is a global partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria as epidemics in more than 100 countries.

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