The US ambassador to Rwanda Koran Donald hailed Rwanda for the achievements made in the fight against malaria across the country.
He made the remarks recently during his visit to Nyagatare Health centre together with the Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho.
He commended the community health workers who volunteer their time to improve the health and well-being of their neighbours.
The district of Nyagatare in Eastern Rwanda had recently a high rate of malaria with more than 50 percent of the malaria burden.
It has now reduced to 11 percent thanks to efforts done in population sensitization, distribution of long lasting insecticide treated bednets (LLINs), indoor residual spraying (IRS) early diagnosis and treatment of malaria and involvement of motivated health workers.
Minister Binagwaho thanked the US government, which through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and Global Fund (GF) support Rwanda in the fight against malaria.
She called upon the population of Nyagatare district to continue their effort in fighting against malaria and encouraged health workers to maintain their efforts to improve their well-being.
Rwanda has made impressive strides in the fight against malaria. Since 2010, more than 6 million bednets have been distributed. From 2005 to 2012, malaria fell by almost 75 percent.
Nyagatare district has also dropped from the first to fifth district in the country in terms of malaria burden.
Donald W. Koran who is career member of the Senior Foreign Service, was nominated in April 2011 by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. ambassador to Rwanda.