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PMI SHINDA (DEFEAT) MALARIA: Project launched in Tabora on Tanzania’s World Malaria Day national event

April 25, 2024 15:56
PMI SHINDA (DEFEAT) MALARIA:  Project launched in Tabora on Tanzania’s World Malaria Day national event
Dr. Dunstan Bishanga, Chief of Party for the PMI SHINDA (DEFEAT) MALARIA project. Credit: Shinda Malaria

The project formally introduced

The highlight of the World Malaria Day national event held in Tabora region of Tanzania was the introduction of the PMI SHINDA (DEFEAT) MALARIA project in Tabora, marking a new chapter in the fight against this persistent disease. 

The project aims to deliver comprehensive interventions across all eight District Councils of Tabora, targeting the region's high malaria prevalence of 23%. Dr. Mollel's unwavering resolve underscored the collective effort towards a "malaria-free Tabora."

Expressing determination, Dr. Mollel pledged that malaria would no longer be a significant public health challenge in Tabora under his leadership. He extended deep appreciation to the U.S. Government for its support and emphasized the pivotal role of collaboration in effectively tackling malaria.

The event saw the presence of notable dignitaries, including Dr. Godwin Mollel, the Deputy Minister for Health, alongside esteemed government officials like Ms. Aziza Ally, Member of Parliament for Tabora, and Dr. Hamisi Kigwangala, Member of Parliament for Nzega, as well as international development partners.

Joined by fellow Parliamentarians, Ms. Ally and Dr. Kigwangala, Dr. Mollel reaffirmed their commitment to fully supporting the project through regional administration channels. Together, they aimed to forge a healthier future for Tabora's residents by confronting malaria head-on.

The U.S govt commitment

Ms. Lulu Msangi, representing USAID Health Director, reiterated the U.S. Government's unwavering commitment to eliminating malaria in Tanzania. She highlighted the substantial contributions of the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) since its inception in 2006, amounting to over $750 million in malaria interventions, with ongoing collaboration with the Tanzanian government.

Honorable Dr. Hamis Kigwangala, Nzega Member of Parliament and co-founder of Tanzania Parliamentarian Fight Against Malaria (TAPAMA), expressed gratitude to the Tanzanian government for facilitating impactful interventions like the PMI Shinda (Defeat) Malaria project in Tabora. With malaria posing a significant threat to Tabora's population, Dr. Kigwangala pledged to collaborate closely with local health authorities and partners until malaria is eliminated.

As the fight against malaria continues, the unity and determination displayed on World Malaria Day 2024 in Tabora stand as a testament to the power of collective action in overcoming public health challenges.

Dep. Minister visits project booth

Dr. Mollel's visit to the PMI Shinda (DEFEAT) Malaria booth was a significant moment, the project team shared with him valuable insights into the various interventions deployed against malaria across different regions in the fight against this infectious disease, from innovative treatment strategies to community engagement initiatives. 

About PMI Shinda (Defeat) Malaria project

The PMI Shinda (Defeat) Malaria project is a five-year program (August 2022 – August 2027) implemented by Ifakara Health Institute, which supports the Government of Tanzania (GOT) in reducing the malaria burden and in moving toward the long-term goal of malaria elimination. The Activity is made possible by the support of the American people through the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).