Guest Posting from Jhpiego.
Tulinabo Mushingi, the US Ambassador to Burkina Faso, was on hand in Louargou, Burkina Faso this week to launch USAID’s $15 million award to reduce by half malaria deaths in the West African country. As he noted, the 5-year project is another example of the Obama administration’s commitment to prevent children in Africa from dying of preventable causes.
Mushingi, a veteran foreign service officer who served throughout Africa before being named ambassador, underscored the importance of the Improving Malaria Care project to the future of Burkina Faso: “Investing in the fight against malaria will have an important benefit for child survival. Healthy children are at the heart of the prosperity of each nation and its sustainable development. Healthy children are more likely to live longer, stay in school, become active members of society and contribute to the development of Burkina Faso.”
Malaria is the leading cause of health consultation, hospitalization and death in health facilities across Burkina Faso. Over 4 million cases of malaria were reported in 2011, and approximately 70 percent of children have been hospitalized for the disease by the time they turn five.
The Improving Malaria Care project is a collaboration of the Ministry of Health, Jhpiego and PROMACO (le Programme de Marketing Social et de Communication pour la Santé). The partners will focus on improving the quality of prevention, diagnosis and treatment services in 100 percent of public health facilities with the aim of keeping the most vulnerable — pregnant women and children – alive and healthy.