Reducing the Burden of Malaria

Speeches Shim

Malaria is a major public health problem in Kenya. Due to altitude, rainfall patterns and temperature, about 70 percent of the Kenyan population is at risk for malaria. The disease accounts for about 19 percent of outpatient consultations nationally and 60 percent of outpatient consultations in the eight focus counties supported by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The 2015 Kenya Malaria Indicator Survey showed Kenyan progress in the fight against malaria.

The percentage of Kenyan households who owned at least one insecticide-treated net increased to 63 percent, compared to only 44 percent in 2010. Fifty-six percent of children under the age of 5 and 58 percent of pregnant women aged 15-49 slept under a net the night before the survey, increasing from 39 and 36 percent in 2010, respectively. USAID also works closely with the National Malaria Control Program and counties to implement the national malaria strategy, promotes insecticide-treated net use, and educates the public on the importance of prompt diagnosis and treatment for fever, particularly among pregnant women.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 11:30am

Last updated: April 20, 2021