CDC in Benin

map of Benin

CDC began collaborating with Benin in 1999 with a malaria control project. The collaboration broadened substantially in 2006 with the launch of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in Benin. Through PMI, CDC works closely with the National Malaria Control Program and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
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Benin at a Glance

Population: 10,583,034
Per capita income: $1,850
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 61/58 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 67/1000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau 2014: BeninExternal


Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: WHO Country Health Profiles 2012: BeninCdc-pdfExternal

  1. Lower Respiratory Infections 13%
  2. Malaria 9%
  3. Stroke 7%
  4. Diarrheal Diseases 5%
  5. Ischemic Heart Disease 5%
  6. Preterm Birth Complications 4%
  7. Meningitis 4%
  8. Birth Asphyxia & Birth Trauma 4%
  9. HIV/AIDS 3%
  10. Protein-Energy Malnutrition 4%

What CDC Is Doing

  • Benin has not detected a case of wild poliovirus since July 2009.
Woman holding bednet package in Benin

CDC-Benin manages PMI activities with USAID and works with the Ministry of Health and other partners to develop evidence-based policy and programs that reduce the burden of malaria and build in-country capacity.

CDC and USAID staff in country work together to oversee all technical and administrative aspects of the PMI in Benin. CDC staff in Benin and Atlanta provide technical assistance in areas including operations research, diagnostics, case management, malaria surveillance, program evaluation, and vector control. For example, the CDC resident advisor in Benin has provided valuable support for health facility surveys that assess the quality of outpatient and inpatient care of malaria and develop malaria sentinel surveillance sites to provide information on malaria for programs.

Page last reviewed: May 11, 2017
Content source: Global Health