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Uganda: Fighting malaria

19-10-2005 News Release 05/78

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is distributing insecticide-treated mosquito nets to over 40,000 internally displaced families as part of a month-long anti-malaria campaign in Uganda's three northern districts of Gulu, Pader and Kitgum, where malaria remains one of the major causes of death.

The beneficiaries, who so far number 3,000 families in five camps for internally displaced people in Gulu and Pader districts, are being taught how malaria is transmitted and how to use the nets correctly.

The ICRC helps provide primary health care in the camps and supports seven hospitals, including the facility run by the Ugandan army in Gulu.

The ICRC has been in Uganda since 1979, working together with the Uganda Red Cross Society and other organizations. In 2005 it expects to aid 700,000 people in the country.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Graziella Piccolo, ICRC Kampala, tel. + 256 41 230 517 / 232 450  

 Marco Yuri Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 2271