Liberia Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS) launched.
The Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services and the Ministry of Health has launched the 2016 Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS) in Monrovia. MIS is a population based survey that is conducted every two years to measure the performance of the National Malaria control program interventions in Liberia; the MIS was last conducted in 2011.
The MIS will help MOH to know the number of households that owns and sleep under mosquito’s nets, the number of pregnant women who get protected from malaria during the clinic attendance and how children with malaria are treated with the number malaria medicine in Liberia.
The survey will measure the prevalence of malaria and its associated syndrome, anemia (low blood) among children age 6-59 months throughout the country. From the survey, the Government of Liberia expects full cooperation from various communities, cooperation from women of child bearing ages 15-49 years.
Speaking at the program, Deputy Minister for Disease Control at the Ministry of Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said Liberia is now about to fight malaria. According to him, by 2020, Liberia target of malaria control is 50-50 and 2030, it will be 0% malaria society, saying that this will be the first survey since five years, and they are expected to reach the entire country, because malaria is still topping the chart of disease in the nation.
He urged Liberians to cooperate with the data collectors on the field in order to enable the government of Liberia know how to go about in tackling the deadly virus. However, he noted that after the survey, there will be a complete action taken on the data from the counties. These Malaria Indicator Surveys (MIS) measure indicators related to the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Global Malaria Action Plan, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) targets. Information is collected on the ownership and use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS) of insecticides, prompt and effective treatment of fever in young children, and the prevention of malaria in pregnant women.