RTI International Launches Anti-malaria Spraying Campaign in Rwanda

28 Aug 2007
Research Triangle International
RTI International has launched an anti-malaria spraying campaign that will treat 155,000 households in Rwanda as part of the President's Malaria Initiative.

The project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, began indoor residual spraying in Rwandan households to protect people from malaria. In Rwanda, malaria has been a leading cause of illness and death for decades.

The campaign will treat homes in Kigali City, beginning in the districts of Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge. In January 2008, the campaign will be extended to the Kirehe and Nyanza districts in the county's eastern and southern provinces.

By 2008, 1.3 million Rwandans will have been protected from malaria through the indoor residual spray program.

The program is part of the President's Malaria Initiative that is operational in about 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The goal of the initiative is to reduce malaria-related mortality by 60 percent by reaching 85 percent of the vulnerable population.

RTI is working with the health ministry and the Malaria Control Program to establish effective mechanisms to ensure that the household spraying is conducted safely.

Technicians involved in RTI's indoor residential spraying programs use insecticides recommended and approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Use of these insecticides is also approved by USAID based on country-specific environmental assessments. Spray teams and supervisors are trained according to WHO guidelines and follow WHO best practices during spray operations. RTI also provides onsite supervision during all spray operations.

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