AFM Call to Action on IRS

21 Apr 2008
Africa Fighting Malaria
Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is a highly effective method of malariacontrol recommended by the World Health Organization. Unfortunately itremains underutilized in sub-Saharan Africa, where, each year, malariakills over a million people and drains the continent of US$12 billion.World Malaria Day 2008 focuses on malaria across borders - some of thebest cross-border malaria control programs rely heavily on IRS. Yetmost donor agencies are loath to strengthen IRS programs in Africa,train medical entomologists to run them, and invest in newinsecticides.

This World Malaria Day, AFM is issuing a Call to Action tosupport IRS. AFM created an interactive map to indicate which countriesare conducting IRS (orange) along with the main financiers - the USPresident's Malaria Initiative, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB andMalaria, the private sector and/or strong domestic governmentsupport. AFM summary reports by financier and country are alsoavailable.
                                                                        


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In September 2006, Dr Arata Kochi, head of the World Health Organization's Global Malaria Program, called for an expansion of IRS programs and for DDT to be used in malaria control. Currently, the only donor agency that has heeded this call and isinvesting substantial resources in IRS is the United States Agency forInternational Development through the President's Malaria Initiative.Few other donor agencies fund IRS and even the Global Fund to FightHIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, the largest financier of malaria control andtreatment programs, funds only a handful of IRS programs.