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Project: Integrated Malaria Control Program in the Departments on Mono and Couffo
Funders: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Timeframe: 2004-2008

The Problem: In Benin, malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and morality. The most vulnerable population in Benin is pregnant women and children under the age of 5. Malaria accounts for almost half of all hospitalizations in general, and of all outpatient visits for children under 5.

Long-Term Goal of Project: Reduce malaria-related mortality and morbidity among pregnant women and children under 5 in the departments of Mono and Cuoffo.

Project Objectives:

  • Increase the amount of pregnant women and children under 5 sleeping under insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITN).
  • Increase the practice of giving anti-malarial treatments in the home within 24 hours of fever onset to children under 5.
  • Increase amount of pregnant women taking antimalarial chemoprophylaxis.

Direct Beneficiaries: 352,000 individuals

Stand Out Results:

  • Use of mosquito nets for children under 5 rose from 22% to 75%.
  • Use of insecticide-treated nets, specifically for children under 5, increased from 4% to 55%.
  • Use of any type of mosquito net increased from 29% to 72% for pregnant women, while the use of ITNs specifically increased from 5% to 52%.
  • Proportion of children under 5 who were treated for malaria within 24 hours of the fever’s onset increased from 8% to 46%.
  • Pregnant women’s use of antimalarial prophylaxis at least once, increased from under 1% to 41%.

Project Scale Up

The successes in the Mono and Couffo departments have led to a nationwide expansion of this project.

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