Oct 17, 2012, 9:52 AM
Momodou Faal, Ammren Gambia country coordinator, said the overarching goal of distributing Long Lasting Insecticides Treated Nets (LLINs) to the communities across the country was to ensure malaria free Gambia.
According to him, the ultimate aim of the project is to reduce malaria-related morbidity and mortality of the entire population in five health regions to reach pre-elimination stage by March 2015.
He said the donation of the nets was made possible through the support and facilitation of CRS into Ammren secretariat in Gambia chapter as part of this year’s World Malaria Day celebration.
The nets were presented to pregnant women under-five children and the under-privileged who are unable to afford nets, thus advising the beneficiaries to sleep under the nets, so as to avoid malaria infections.
The Ammren Gambia country coordinator further stated that The Gambia had made significant progress in the areas of malaria control and prevention, noting that the country is at pre-elimination stage of malaria.
He thanked Ammren secretariat, through the executive secretary, Mrs Charity Binka, for the support they have been giving to The Gambia chapter over the years and also CRS for supporting the network.
Mariama Gumanny thanked Ammren for the gesture, noting that the network is complementing the efforts of government through the health ministry in the area of malaria.
The donation, she said, would go a long way in addressing their health needs, while assuring Ammren officials of their steadfastness to go by the words of wisdom given to them.
Bangali Touray, alkalo of the community, hailed AMMREN and assured them that the nets would be used for its intended purpose and commended the government for creating the conducive environment for private sector involvement in the crusade to stem out malaria induces in the country.