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Malaria: Success Against A Persistent Disease

Drawing blood to test for malaria

A nurse in a community setting takes a blood sample from a child to determine if the child has anemia (as malaria is a leading cause of anemia) using a HemoCue photometer. Photo by Suzanne Van Hulle/CRS

To date, Catholic Relief Services has been awarded more than $130 million through 41 grants in 26 countries across seven of the eight Global Fund regions, including both Principal Recipient (PR) and Sub Recipient (SR) grants. According to the disease area, 23 of these grants were for HIV, 14 were for malaria, 3 were for TB, and one was for HSS. CRS is currently managing 17 grants, including six as Principal Recipient, in 14 countries with a total program value of approximately $88 million.

The main objectives of CRS' current Principal Recipient grants in malaria are:

In Fiscal Year 2013, CRS managed malaria projects in seven countries across Sahel and Coastal West Africa.

Table 1: Overview of CRS' FY13 malaria programs in West Africa

Country

Time frame

Total Budget (USD)*

Donor

Overview of activities

Benin

2008 - 2013

$16,533,624

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and malaria (GF)

Community-level distribution of malaria medicines&behavior change communication (BCC)

2012 - 2016

$2,943,436

CSHGP, USAID

Operations research on introducing diagnostic tests a community level

Ghana

2013

$260,532

USAID via NetWorks

Demand, use, and promotion of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs)

Guinea

2012 - 2016

$46,000,000

GF

Universal distribution of LLINs, BCC and mass media

Niger

2008 - 2013

$38,500,000

GF

Universal distribution of LLINs, BCC and mass media

Senegal

2011 - 2016

$2,705,593

USAID via Child Fund

Integrated community case management of malaria

Sierra Leone

2011 - 2016

$11,000,000

GF

Nationwide malaria surveys, BCC mass media, strengthening logistics information systems

The Gambia

2010 - 2015

$8,140,528

GF

Universal distribution of LLINs, BCC and mass media

*Amounts are subject to change depending on performance.

CRS managed GF grants listed above as a Principal Recipient in Benin, Niger, and as a co-PR with the Ministry of Health in Guinea, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. In all grants, CRS works in close collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to achieve a nationwide impact.

Key Achievements

Looking Ahead

In Fiscal Year 2014, CRS will continue to support national malaria control strategies and policies. In Benin, Guinea and Niger, in addition to prevention activities, CRS will manage diagnostic and treatment activities funded by the GF on behalf of the NMCPs. CRS is also in discussion with the private sector and public-private partnerships to support selected NMCPs in West Africa with additional vector control activities.

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