Children of Zabihullah, a Tailor in Behsud district, near Jalalabad, in a bed net provided by UNDP/Global Fund to protect his family against malaria. © S. Omer Sadaat

 

This year, World Malaria Day was celebrated across the Nangarhar province under the leadership of Ministry of Public Health and coordination of the provincial governor, UN Development Program (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), Provincial Public Health Directorate, Primary health care implementer NGOs and other stakeholders. World Malaria Day was also marked in two Nangahar schools with the presence of major stakeholders such as Provincial Health and Education Directors, representatives of United Nation Development Program, World Health Organization, Health Care Service, and Civil Society.  

World Malaria Day is an internationally recognized day which takes place annually on 25 April and highlights global efforts to control malaria, and celebrate the progress made in fighting the disease.

Easter region of the country is endemic region for incidents of Malaria in the country, where more than 75% of the cases occur in the mentioned region. With this fact, more focus is given to easter region, especially Nangarhar province.

“This day is a good opportunity for donors, governments, non-governmental charities, and the private sector to coordinate resources to achieve set goals, and effectively fight against this major and life-threatening problem for millions of people around the world.” said Dr. Muhammad Naeem Habib, acting National Malaria Leishmania Program Manager.

Organizing team of the World Malaria Day event in Jalalabad, Nangarhar. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / Global Fund / 2021


The acting NMLCP manager expressed his gratitude for the cooperation and assistance of donors and implementing agencies, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNDP, WHO, and other partners who work together to eliminate malaria in the country.

UNDP is a proud partner of the Global Fund and serves as interim Principal Recipient (PR). UNDP is responsible for the financial and programmatic management of the malaria grant as well as procurement of pharmaceutical and non-health items and the quality of the services provided under the program.

During 2020, UNDP provided support to the National Malaria and Leishmaniasis Control Program for the implementation of malaria services across the country, such as procurement and supply of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) and antimalarial medicine to health facilities, distribution of bed nets to malaria high risk provinces and districts, training of health workers, printing and distribution recording and reporting forms and program management cost.

UNDP is also working to strengthening partnerships between MoPH, other government agencies, affected communities, development partners and UN agencies to ensure more effective and inclusive governance of the national response against the malaria.

The event was financially supported by UNDP/Global Fund Grant and informative materials including posters, banners, fact sheets and malaria messages were designed, printed, and distributed across the Nangarhar province.

“UNDP is proud to support malaria services in Afghanistan; to strengthen the capacity of health care system and improve accessibility for malaria services to prevent, diagnose and treat all malaria cases, and achieve universal health coverage and zero malaria in the country." said Dr. Ahmad Walid Sediqi, UNDP Global Fund Malaria Program Officer.

The Ministry of Public Health has made significant achievements in controlling malaria in 2020, with technical and financial support of national and international organizations, particularly the Global Fund and UNDP.

The UNDP with support from the Global Fund will continue to support the Ministry of Public Health and National Malaria Leishmaniasis Control Program through Malaria cases management, diagnosis, and treatment activities particularly procurement of RDT and antimalarial medicines. Training of all health workers in malaria case management (Medical Doctors, Lab technician, Community Health Supervisors and Community Health Workers). Procurement, and distribution of bed nets to pregnant women seeking antenatal in targeted provinces, procurement, and distribution of bed nets through mass campaign.

This programme is generously funded by the Global Fund, to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria as epidemics. As an international organization, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests more than US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries. In partnership with governments, civil society, technical agencies, the private sector, and people affected by the diseases, we are challenging barriers and embracing innovation.

 

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