Rwanda is making great strides towards ending malaria. We’re hoping we can help.
A few highlights of Rwanda’s malaria program: Since December 2009, more than 9.8 million long-lasting insecticide treated nets have been distributed. In 2005, only 15% of households had a treated net. As of 2010, that number stood at 82%. Pregnant women and children under five have benefitted the most. During this time, Rwanda saw a 70% decrease in the total number of malaria cases, as well as a 54% decrease in malaria deaths.
The government of Rwanda is hoping to achieve universal coverage of mosquito nets by 2013. Indoor residual spraying, a human-safe insecticide treatment that kills mosquitoes in the home, is funded by President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), a program of USAID.
Both Arielle and I (Virginia) will be spending the next year working with PMI as third-year Peace Corps volunteers. There is excellent work being done, and we are excited to be a part of it. We are eager to start helping volunteers do malaria outreach in their communities and get them involved in the larger initiative of stomping out malaria in Africa; we’ll be building upon the work done by the first and only malaria team member before us. We look forward to strengthening the relationship between PMI and Peace Corps Rwanda, and to sharing our stories with you.