US Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a $7.8 million grant to the NGO Consortium led by Christian Children's Fund (CCF) in partnership with World Vision, Plan, Africare, Catholic Relief Services and Counterpart International for the Community Action Against Malaria Campaign. Combined with the $12.8 million for Community Health, USAID gives the NGO consortium a total of $20.6 million for program implementation over five years.
Malaria kills more than one million people worldwide every year, with 90
percent of those deaths being attributed to children in Africa. In Senegal,
malaria is the leading cause of death for women and children, specifically
pregnant women and children under 5 years of age.
Anne Lynam Goddard, President of Christian Children's Fund, announced that
CCF has been awarded a $7.8 million USAID grant to lead a five-member
consortium for the Community Action Against Malaria campaign in Senegal in
support of the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI).
"Reducing infant and maternal mortality rates from malaria by 50 percent
is the goal of CCF's malaria program in 11 different regions and 58 health
districts of Senegal," Goddard said. Almost 880,000 children 0-5 years of age
and 75,000 pregnant women will be the direct beneficiaries of the new malaria
initiative. "This new USAID grant will go far in helping CCF and our partners
significantly expand our malaria program initiative to new regions throughout
Senegal is one of 15 African countries targeted by the President's Malaria
Initiative to reduce mortality rates from malaria by 50%. The consortium
implementing the USAID malaria grant is supporting a large-scale community-
based spraying campaign in three districts, protecting up to 630,000
Senegalese people. Significant community awareness campaigns will also be
conducted to educate families about participating in the malaria program. In
the first year, they will also facilitate distribution of 200,000 treated
bednets to children in the target areas of Senegal.
CCF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, aims to enhance capacity
building of community based organizations, local health districts, and
community-run health clinics (health huts). This will include training and
support to regional health posts, nurses and community health workers in the
treatment of malaria, using the latest and most effective medicines in
In addition, CCF will implement a communications and education campaign to
encourage pregnant women and young children in affected areas to use treated
bednets. CCF will also provide training to help mothers, grandmothers and
community workers recognize the symptoms of malaria and to encourage all
pregnant women to get prenatal care at the nearest health clinic.
Improving access to basic health services includes program expansion to
1,058 health huts and training to more than 4,232 community health workers and
birth attendants. They will work locally with mothers and children in the more
remote villages of targeted regions in Senegal. The health huts are community
level health outposts, which are often the only accessible health facilities
for poor, rural families in Senegal.
"We have already seen significant progress in CCF's recent Community
Action Against Malaria initiative in Senegal," Goddard said. "To date, the
availability of bednets at the community level has increased three-fold.
Children under 5, sleeping under treated bednets has increased from 40-90
percent in program areas. The percentage of pregnant mothers receiving
preventive treatment has reached 90 percent in just one target area," Goddard
The President's Malaria Initiative is a $1.2 billion, five-year initiative
to control malaria in Africa. It is led by USAID in collaboration with the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The intent is to reduce
malaria deaths by 50 percent in target countries, by achieving 85 percent
coverage of proven preventive and curative interventions.
Christian Children's Fund (CCF) is a global force for children, helping
the world's poorest and most vulnerable survive and thrive in order to reach
their full potential. One of the world's oldest and most respected
international child development organizations, CCF works in 31 countries and
assists more than 13.2 million children and families worldwide, regardless of
race, creed or gender.
SOURCE Christian Children's Fund