New Surveillance Program to Help Ethiopia’s Effort to End Malaria

ADDIS ABABA – The U.S. aid agency on Friday launched a 9.5 million surveillance program to support Ethiopia’s effort to eliminate malaria by 2030.

The program, which will work hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health, was launched in Adama city in an event attended by senior government officials and USAID’s mission director.

It will rapidly track malaria cases and accurately identify mosquito breeding sites, giving the health officials the capacity to track every case of malaria nationally, said the USAID.

The United States is one of the major supporters of malaria control efforts in Ethiopia, where malaria cases have dropped by more than half and deaths by nearly 90% in the past 10 years.

However, to reach the Ministry of Health’s goal of zero cases by 2030, a strong malaria surveillance program is vital, said the USAID.

The agency and the Ministry have worked together to establish the recently renovated Adama Malaria Training Center that received nearly $200,000 worth of laboratory supplies to date from the US government.

An additional $110,000 expected later this year, said the US aid agency.

The agency claims the United States has “invested nearly $1 billion in projects to promote the health and wellness of Ethiopians in every region,” including partnering with Ethiopia to end malaria once and for all.