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UNDP, working in partnership with the Global Fund and national partners, distributed long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) to protect more than 2 million children and adults from malaria between 31 May and 4 June 2017.

Key results - malaria

Guinea-Bissau has a population of 1.8 million. Malaria is endemic and the leading cause of mortality nationally. Whilst malaria remains in the control phase, past activity has been successful in significantly reducing prevalence.

The UNDP-managed Global Fund malaria programme has promoted the use of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs), and intermittent preventive treatment (ITP) for pregnant women following national protocols. The new round of funding (2018-2020) continues this work with the upscaling of prevention and treatment in the form of LLIN mass distribution, IPT, community-based case management as well as the piloting of seasonal chemoprophylaxis.

Reduction in malaria case incidence

Source: World Health Organization (2000-2016)

Antimalarial coverage by bed nets (2016)

Source: World Health Organization

Suspected cases of malaria tested (2016)

Source: World Health Organization

1.47 million insecticide treated bed nets distributed

Source: World Health Organization

Is the digital divide hampering the malaria response in Africa?

In Guinea-Bissau UNDP is working with the government on an initiative to digitize health data. With support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, along with the World Bank, the initiative has introduced mobile tablets for data collection, increasing the timeliness of health reports by nearly 50 percent over six-months. The digitized data system has also allowed real time monitoring of malaria, and enabled clinics to keep track of malaria medicines and health supplies. All of these factors meant malaria deaths dropped by 16 percent from 2017 to 2018.

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Key results - TB

UNDP was nominated as Principal Recipient (PR) for the TB grant in May 2013, after the Global Fund’s review revealed programmatic challenges and financial irregularities, compounded by the 2012 coup d’état. Read more...
After taking the role of PR, UNDP worked with partners to expand Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS) coverage and increase access to treatment for HIV/TB co-infected patients. The grant for TB has now been transferred to a national PR.

5452 TB cases detected and treated

Source: UNDP (2018)

561 TB patients recorded as HIV positive

Source: World Health Organization (2014)

79% treatment success rate for TB

Source: World Health Organization (2015)

Infant mortality

Source: World Health Organization

Maternal mortality

Source: World Health Organization

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