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The second nationwide malaria indicator survey (MIS 2011) result indicates improvements in key malaria intervention indicators and alerts to sustain multipronged interventions against malaria.
Ethiopia has sustained malaria prevention and control intervention, according to the Malaria Indi-cator Survey (MIS 2011) result released today by the Ethiopia Health and Nutrition Research Institutes. Results from the MIS 2011, show that The Federal Ministry of Health together with partners maintained the efforts made in controlling and preventing malaria. The result also demonstrates the need to intensify efforts to prevent back slide of the already registered achievements.

The 2011 MIS findings demonstrate that Ethiopia is sustaining its commitment towards reducing the burden associated with the malaria disease. The survey result indicates improvement in some intervention areas including:
  • Indoor residual spraying of households, resulting in a more than two-fold increase in IRS cover age (from 20% in 2007 to 46.6% in 2011).
  • The percentage of households protected by at least one LLIN and/or IRS remain the same
  • The percentage of children with fever in the last two weeks fell from 24% in 2007 to 19% in 2011,
  • The percentage of children with a fever who sought treatment from a facility/health provider the same /next day of fever onset tripled, from 16.3% in 2007 to 51.3% in 2011.
The result also indicates challenges in some malaria intervention which require enhancement of existing malaria intervention essentially in mosquito net coverage and proper net use at household level.
To sustain the MIS 2011 commendable results, the Ethiopia Health and research Institute /Federal Ministry of Health developed collaborative partnerships with a number of organizations. These included U.S’ President Malaria Initiative, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA, a program at PATH), the US Agency for International Development, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Carter Center the malaria Consortium and UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund.
The MIS 2011 have been conducted from December to October 2011 in all regions of the country to evaluate the overall progress made in malaria controlling and preventing interventions. The survey covered 440 enumeration areas and 47,248 residents.