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Friday, August 28, 2020 - 8:15am

COTONOU, BENIN - The United States Government is contributing to the protection of 124,000 children from malaria by providing preventive medication to families in the departments of Alibori and Atacora between July and October. 

Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the United States is working with local health authorities and communities to administer seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC), a safe and cost-effective series of anti-malarial treatments for children under five years. 

The United States is providing SMC in Benin’s north, where the risk of malaria infection rises significantly during the rainy season, when mosquitoes are most able to reproduce and transmit the deadly disease.

“USAID is protecting children from malaria to ensure that they have a healthy start to life. This support to SMC is part of our long-standing contribution to improved health services and strengthened health systems in Benin, including in malaria prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, and the fight against COVID-19,” said USAID/Benin Country Representative Mr. Carl Anderson.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 4:30am

The United States Government announced $4.5 million, equivalent to 2.7 billion CFA, on May 20, 2020 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Benin. The United States, via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing life-saving support by coordinating with the Government of Benin, international humanitarian partners, and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for investment.

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 4:15am

The U.S. Government has renewed its financial assistance for community health services in Benin, with a contribution of more than 5.4 billion CFA. This assistance is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) efforts to improve maternal and child health and fight malaria. 

Participants at the Fall Armyworm workshop in Benin
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:30am

Over ninety agriculture sector practitioners will meet at the facilities of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Cotonou, Benin, on February 13-15 to train trainers on the management of one of the most destructive crop pests, the Fall Armyworm (FAW; Spodoptera frugiperda) in Africa, with particular focus on West Africa. Jointly convened by the ECOWAS Commission, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the technical expertise of IITA, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and resource persons from international and national research and development institutions, the training is aimed at building technical capacity in the West Africa region in integrated pest management (IPM)-based FAW management.

A threat to global food security
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 11:45am

In 2016, an invasive crop pest called the fall armyworm (FAW) was first confirmed in Africa. Native to the Americas, FAW can feed on 80 different crop species including maize, a staple food consumed by over 300 million African smallholder farm families. The crop pest has since been found in over 30 African countries, posing a significant threat to food security, income and livelihoods.

Last updated: September 01, 2020

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