US provides anti-malaria community grants to seven African countries

24 Oct 2008
African Press Agency
The U.S., through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), on Thursday announced over US$11 million grants to eight organizations working in seven African countries to extend the coverage of their malaria prevention and control activities.

The activities will target particularly children under five and pregnant women in Malawi, Liberia, Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda and Angola.

The grants were provided through the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), an interagency initiative led by USAID with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention as key partners.

The Malaria Communities Program (MCP) providing these grants is a US$30 million initiative created under PMI to support the efforts of communities and indigenous organizations to combat malaria in Africa.

The program specifically aims to identify organizations that are new to partnering with the U.S. government and are uniquely positioned to work at the community level.

It also seeks to increase local and indigenous capacities to undertake community-based malaria prevention and treatment activities and to build local ownership of malaria control for the long term.

MCP grant recipients will operate within respective PMI country strategies, which have been developed in collaboration with each country's Ministry of Health and National Malaria Control Program, with in-country partners, and with other donor organisations working in-country.