The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced on the 10 May 2013 that it is supporting Uganda in the distribution of over 15.5 million long lasting insecticide-treated nets, making it the largest malaria prevention campaign that year.

Uganda has the world’s highest malaria incidence, and the disease is the leading cause of sickness and death in Uganda. There are approximately 200 million cases of malaria each year, of which 80 percent occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria causes 660,000 deaths each year, the majority of which are children under 5.

[dropcap_two]T[/dropcap_two]he Ministry of Health and its National Malaria Control Program aim to cut malaria-related deaths by 70 percent by the end of calendar year 2015. To meet this goal, at least 85 percent of the population must be reached with effective prevention and treatment measures, including proper, continual use of long lasting insecticide-treated nets, indoor residual spraying, and ensuring preventive measures are addressed to most vulnerable populations like women and children.

“It is great to participate in the launch of this important campaign,” said Mark Eldon-Edington, Head of the Grant Management Division at the Global Fund. “This campaign will allow Uganda to reach the ambitious goal of decreasing malaria-related deaths. Our partnership, strong results, and effective stewardship of the resources, will provide the confidence to donors and recipients to continue to support the Global Fund in this replenishment year.”

[dropcap_two]P[/dropcap_two]articipants during the launching event included His Excellency Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda; Honorable Dr. Ondoa D. J. Christine, Minister of Health; the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Virginia M. Blaser; the Global Malaria Coordinator for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Admiral Tim Ziemer; the DFID/UKaid Head of Office for Uganda Daniel Graymore; and Mark Eldon-Edington, Head of the Grant Management Division at the Global Fund, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Health, members of parliament, and other development partners.

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