US Chargé d’Affaires in Madagascar Sprays Against Malaria

On November 20, 2014, US Chargé d’Affaires in Madagascar Stephen Anderson visited Ambatondradama fokontany in Vinaninony commune, Faratsiho district, where AIRS conducted its indoor residual spraying (IRS) campaign this year. After learning about the spraying process, Chargé Anderson got involved firsthand. In personal protective equipment, he sprayed a home himself to protect its residents from malaria.

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US Chargé d’Affaires Stephen Anderson sprays a home with insecticide to protect its residents from malaria.

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After spraying, each home is marked to indicate that it has been sprayed.

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Chargé d’Affaires Stephen Anderson thanks the chief of Ambatondradama fokontany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Malaria is one of the most significant health concerns in Madagascar, but the key here is that it can be avoided,” the Chargé said during the visit.  “Indoor residual spraying is an effective way to kill the malarial mosquitoes and reduce malaria transmission, and the U.S. is pleased to be partnering in Madagascar in this effort.”

Since 2012, AIRS Madagascar has sprayed in the country’s Central Highlands and southern areas. This year a pilot campaign was conducted successfully in eastern Madagascar, where malaria transmission is high and perennial.