U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Michael McCarthy has joined Health Minister Wilhelmina Jallah and representatives of other development partners for the launch of a campaign to distribute more than 2.7 million bed nets for the prevention of malaria in all 15 counties.
Ambassador McCarthy said, it is important to use all of the available tools, including bed nets, to fight malaria which remains one of the most severe public health crises Liberia faces.
“Malaria affects more than just the health of individual Liberians. It imposes substantial socio-economic costs on families, communities, and the national government–the costs of purchasing drugs; expenses for travel to and from clinics or dispensaries; lost days at work; absence from school; and burial and related expenses in case of death,” Ambassador McCarthy noted.
He added that it is for these very reasons that the U.S. Government was committed to helping Liberia succeed in its fight against malaria.
Health Minister Dr. Wihelmina Jallah who served as the chief launcher of the bed net distribution campaign said “while battling the third wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, we must continue to be vigilant against other threats to our public health and safety,” including malaria, which she noted, “remains a significant challenge and a risk to the health and well-being of Liberians.”
This year’s anti-malaria bed net distributing campaign represents a continuation of the combined efforts of the U.S. Government and the Liberian Government to protect the people of Liberia from malaria.
The Global Fund procured the bed nets and the U.S. Government, through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), provided technical assistance to the Government of Liberia for the planning and implementation of the distribution campaign. U.S. Embassy Monrovia, Liberia.