Additional EUR 59 million boost fight against malaria in Chad
N’Djamena, Chad - A new funding agreement, totaling EUR 59 million, has been signed between UNDP and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). With a focus on young children, pregnant women, nomads and refugees, the grant will roll out community healthcare sites in Chad and intensify efforts to prevent and treat malaria, the leading cause of illness and death in the country. The new funding agreement will run until June 2018 in partnership with the Government of Chad, UNICEF, and national and international civil society organizations, including World Vision.
Malaria is a serious public health threat in Chad where over 97 percent of the country’s 12.8 million people are at risk of contracting the disease. Of the 1.27 million reported cases each year, more than 43 percent are children under the age of five and eight per cent are pregnant women. The grant supports the recently-adopted global Sustainable Development Goals, which, among its targets, aim to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under five years of age and to end the malaria epidemic by 2030.