President Trump’s Administration has approved a Sh3billion budget for a Malaria Initiative that will help fight the disease in Western Kenya.
The detailed Kenya Malaria Operational Plan FY 2018 was published by the US State Department on November 13 indicating funding approval by the US Malaria Coordinator.
The plan of the budget indicates most of activities and financing will mainly go to eight counties in the Western region with the highest malaria prevalence.
The Counties; Bungoma, Busia, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Kisumu, Migori, Siaya and Vihiga – with an estimated population of 9.6 million in 2018, have the highest burden of malaria infections in the country according to sources.
The said Counties are set to host the world’s largest malaria vaccination drives next year.
An international tender floated by WHO indicates half of 240,000 children aged between five and 8 months will receive the vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. The rest will act as controls.
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