As part of efforts to fight and eradicate
Malaria in The Gambia, the Global Fund to fight Against Malaria in
collaboration with National Malaria Control Programme last week handed over
motorcycles and vehicles to the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) partners.
The official handing over of the gifts was held at CRS main office in Fajara.
Baba Balajo, CRS programme manager said CRS have been working with Global Fund in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Programme since 2004 with the primary focus to distribute bed nets in Gambian communities and over the years, remarkable success have been recorded in what CRS has done in the fight against malaria.
He said the level for Malaria control and prevention has improved drastically, adding that it is over 90 percent for the whole country. “We have improved access to bed-nets for more than 75 percent of the people of this country and bed nets usage has increased up to about 50 percent.”
According to Mr. Balajo, the successes registered were achieved through the support, participation and hard work of their partners, adding that “today, we are presenting some vehicles and motorcycles so that we can take this result further to make Gambia the first country in mainland Africa to eliminate Malaria.”
He said during the period, they have had four different projects in the country and the last one just ended and they are now going into a new project. “We will still continue to work with our partners who we have been working with.”
Carla, a senior official of CRS Senegal and Gambia thanked Global Fund and its partners for providing the motorcycles and vehicles to their partners to fight against malaria in The Gambia. “We have worked together to fight against malaria with the support of Global Fund and close partners with the government and the National Malaria Control Programme.”
Madam Carla said in order to eliminate malaria; partners must come and put ideas together. “We are coming together with the government of Senegal and the civil societies of Senegal to fight malaria.”
Omar Ceesay who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries thanked the Global Fund and The Gambia Government for providing the machines. “I think CRS’s contribution in The Gambia has dated years back and they have manifested their commitment in the area of malaria prevention and control.”