The Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa)
April 29, 2004 , Posted to the web April 29, 2004
By Dagnachew Teklu
Ethiopia is likely to secure US dollars 53.2 million from the Global Fund to combat the ongoing malaria intervention throughout the country, World Health organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
"Ethiopia has submitted a fourth round global fund proposal, the malaria component of which is estimated to cost 53.2 million US dollars," said Dr. Olusegun Babaniyi WHO representative in Ethiopia. Dr. Babaniyi said that Ethiopia is one of the few African countries that were successful in obtaining 77 million US dollars for scaling up Roll Back Malaria (RBM) interventions out of the total 243 million US dollars provided by the Global Fund for the control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
"The additional funds will be used mainly for the provision of prompt and effective treatment and strengthen the human resource needed to deliver effective services needed to control malaria in Ethiopia," Dr. Babaniyi said. "We believe that despite the existing constraints, it is still possible to achieve the Abuja targets in 2005 by enhancing the pace of implementation of planned activities, ensuring effecting and prompt utilization of available funds at all levels, and redoubling efforts to involve all malaria control activities especially at the community level," Babaniyi added. He also indicated that WHO in its new 2004-2005 program budget for Ethiopia has put malaria control high among its priorities.
The program is expected to assist the Ministry of Health and the Regional Health Bureaus in providing needed additional technical and financial support in epidemiological surveillance, training of health workers in case management and other related issues.