The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced a new €77 million ($87.4 million) grant agreement with the government of Cameroon in support of malaria prevention efforts.
Among other things, the grant will fund the distribution of 15.8 million mosquito nets, with the goal of achieving universal coverage in the country. According to Andre Mama Fouda, Cameroon's minister of public health, the campaign will be 77 percent financed by the Global Fund, with the remaining funds to be provided by the government.
The grant also will be used to implement an integrated system for managing malaria in children and to provide preventive malaria treatment for approximately 1.6 million pregnant women. While the prevalence of malaria-related illnesses has declined between 2008 and 2013, malaria remains a leading cause of death in Cameroon.
"[T]he new grant underscores Global Fund's commitment to work with the government of Cameroon in the fight against malaria," said Cynthia Mwase, head of the Africa and Middle East Department at the fund. "In terms of impact, we hope that over the next three years we will see a turning of the tide against malaria."