Plan, Global Fund US$50m to fight diseases in 3 states
Plan and Global Fund have launched a US$50m project to fight diseases in three West African countries.
The distribution of materials and medicines to prevent malaria, reduce guinea worm infections and river blindness begins later this month across Togo.According to the international NGO, Plan, this is part of over US$25m partnership between Plan and Global Fund and the Togolese Health Ministry.
A statement from the group said, the partnership in Togo is one of three between Plan and The Global Fund in West Africa, with a total value of more than US$50m.
It says the focus will be on child participation, and that Plan will work with local partners to deliver long-lasting insecticide mosquito nets and raise awareness of malaria prevention and treatment.
Other countries to benefit are Burkina Faso, which gets nearly US$14m dollars and Cameroon, over US$12m.
“As project implementation winds down in Burkina, it is scaling up in Togo and Cameroon this month. All projects will be complete by February 2013.Treatment is made available at net distribution sites with Vitamin A (deficiency-immune boost), Ivermectrin (river blindness-round worms), Albendazole (guinea worms), and Praziquantel (schistosomiasis-snail fever),” the Plan statement added.