CDC in Benin

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began collaborating with the government of Benin in 1999 on a subnational malaria control project that included the World Health Organization’s Integrated Management of Childhood Illness strategy. The collaboration broadened in 2006 when Benin was selected to be a U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative focus country. An in-country CDC resident advisor was assigned to Benin starting in 2008.

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What CDC is Doing in Benin

Endemic in Benin, malaria is the leading cause of mortality among children under 5, and the leading cause of morbidity among adults. Under the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), CDC has assigned a resident advisor to Benin to support the implementation of malaria prevention and control interventions. These interventions include providing long-lasting insecticide-treated nets and indoor residual spraying, preventing malaria in pregnancy, and improving diagnostics and case management.

Large-scale implementation of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) and intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women (IPTp) began in Benin in 2007 and has progressed rapidly with support from PMI and partners. Rapid diagnostic tests, ACTs, and IPTp are being used in public health facilities nationwide and are being introduced into registered private clinics.

More than 6 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets have been distributed through mass and continuous distribution channels. Benin has shown significant improvements in several key malaria indicators, such as net ownership and usage and uptake of IPTp.

With support from PMI and partners, malaria control interventions are being scaled up, and vital commodities are being distributed to vulnerable populations.

CDC Impact in Benin
  • Distributed 750,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated nets between October 2016 and October 2017.
  • Provided artemisinin-based combination therapies for malaria to more than 1.7 million patients.
  • Provided intermittent preventive treatment for malaria to more than 500,00 pregnant women.
  • Distributed 115,000 rapid diagnostic tests for malaria.
  • Provided indoor residual spraying to more than 380,000 households, protecting 1.2 million residents.
CDC Staff in Benin
  • 1 U.S. Assignee
Benin at a Glance
  • Population: 11,175,692 (2017)
  • Per capita income: $2,260
  • Life expectancy at birth: F 62/M 59 years
  • Infant mortality rate: 63/1,000 live births

Sources: World Bank 2018, Benin
Population Reference Bureau 2018, Benin

Benin Top 10 Causes of Death
  1. Neonatal disorders
  2. Malaria
  3. Lower respiratory infections
  4. Diarrheal diseases
  5. lschemic heart disease
  6. Stroke
  7. Road injuries
  8. Tuberculosis
  9. Congenital defects
  10. HIV/AIDS

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Page last reviewed: July 22, 2019
Content source: Global Health