Press Release World Malaria Day

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA YAOUNDE, CAMEROON
PRESS RELEASE
United States Urges Continued Vigilance in Fight against Malaria

Saturday, April 25, 2020

On this World Malaria Day, the U.S. Embassy calls for continued attention to the fight against malaria, which disproportionately affects pregnant women and children in Cameroon.  Since 2018 the U.S. government has invested $65 million (39 billion FCFA) and worked in collaboration with Cameroon’s National Malaria Control Program to provide medications for preventing and treating malaria.  In the Far North and North Regions, where poverty is high and where the malaria transmission season makes the disease particularly virulent, we have distributed insecticide treated mosquito nets and have trained health workers in malaria diagnosis and treatment.  U.S. assistance fighting infectious diseases, including malaria as well as HIV/AIDS, has strengthened Cameroon’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The United States will persist in its counter-malaria efforts while working with the Ministry of Health to implement measures to control COVID-19.  On World Malaria Day 2020, we must all recommit to ending malaria in Cameroon, and around the world.  Zero malaria starts with all of us.