UNDP's Support to Malaria
Most of Afghanistan’s malaria cases are in the east, which has more mosquitoes due to the humidity. In Jalalabad, UNDP and the Global Fund have distributed over 500,000 bednets – part of a distribution of 2.7 million countrywide in 2016 alone.
The Afghan Ministry of Public Health with funding from UNDP/Global Fund has equipped almost all the rural clinics across provinces where malaria is a health issue and there are no trained lab technicians with rapid diagnostic test kits.
Bed nets won’t allow mosquitos inside, but they also have a preventive role to play. They’re impregnated with insecticide and when mosquitos come in contact with them, the mosquitos die before they can infect someone.
Success is quite visible in terms of detecting and treating malaria cases across the rural areas, but awareness about where to go for a proper malaria test and treatment as well as how to correctly use bed nets has remained a matter of concern. The Afghan Ministry of Public Health and the Global Fund have joined forces to overcome this challenge with numerous community outreach sessions and country-wide awareness campaigns through radio and TV spots.
© UNDP Afghanistan / Omer Sadaat / 2016