Deputy Health Minister for Disease Control, Tolbert Nyenswah
Liberia Launches Malaria Indicator Survey
MONROVIA, September 20 (LINA) -The Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health has launched the 2016 Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS).
MIS is a population-based survey conducted periodically to measure the performance of the National Malaria Control Program interventions in Liberia. The MIS was last conducted in 2011.
The survey will help the Ministry of Health to know the number of households that own and sleep under mosquito nets, the number of pregnant women who get protected from malaria during clinic attendance, and how children with malaria are treated in Liberia.
The survey will also measure the prevalence of malaria and its associated syndrome, anaemia (low blood) among children aged 6-59 months throughout the country.
For the survey, the Government of Liberia expects full cooperation from various communities and women of the child-bearing ages of 15-49 years.
Speaking at the launching ceremony Monday, the Deputy Health Minister for Disease Control, Tolbert Nyenswah, said Liberia is now about to fight malaria, noting that significant progress has been made in Liberia in terms of malaria control.
“By 2020, Liberia’s target of malaria is 50-50 and by 2030 it will be 0% malaria in society,” Nyenswah said.
He said this will be the first survey in five years and it is expected to cover the entire country, because malaria is still topping the chart of diseases in the country.
He urged all Liberians to cooperate with data collectors on the field to enable the Government of Liberia know how to go about tackling the deadly virus.
The Malaria Indicator Survey measures indicators related to the Roll Back Malaria, Global Malaria Action Plan, Millennium Development Goals and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) targets.