Successful project delivers malaria nets to Ghana

Posted Jun 4, 2013 by Tim Sandle
The Promoting Malaria Prevention and Treatment (ProMPT) Project has proposed a model for distributing over 12 million mosquito nets to prevent malaria in Ghana.
The Aedes aegypti - or yellow fever - mosquito
The Aedes aegypti - or yellow fever - mosquito
The project is a collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), with additional funding from the US Agency for international Development (USAID). The aim of the project was to provide twelve million malaria nets to households in Ghana. The project also involved teaching families how to use nets treated with insecticide to kill mosquitoes.
Malaria is one of the Ghana’s major causes of sickness and death, especially among young children. The WHO estimates total malaria-attributable child deaths at 14,000 per year in Ghana. The Ghanaian Ministry of Health aims to reduce the malaria disease burden by 75% by 2015.
For the project ProMPT has embarked on a number of strategies. This included distributing nets door-to-door, increasing prevention of malaria among women during pregnancy, and improving treatment of malaria in health care facilities and communities. Community volunteers also demonstrated how to hang nets in households.
The project also involved providing training materials for more than 10,000 of Ghana’s health workers in malaria case management and malaria in pregnancy. To date, over 21,000 health workers in over 2,000 health facilities have received a supervisory visit to help them correctly manage malaria.
Andrew Karas, Deputy Director of the USAID Mission in Accra is quoted as saying the following about the scheme: “It is a personal honor for me to celebrate the achievements that the Government of Ghana, USAID, and the PRoMPT project have made over the last four years in Ghana. And these achievements couldn’t have been made without a truly collaborative effort.”
The $20 million project has been managed by University Research Co., LLC (URC) in collaboration with Malaria Consortium and the Population Council.