In Lebanon, in honor of the World Earth Day, the U.S. Forest Service and local NGO Association for Forest Development and Conservation (AFDC) organized a short play at Aley Cultural Secondary School to raise awareness on forest fire prevention and fire fighting techniques. This event included a short play on fire safety and demonstrations on fire fighting using a fire engine. Over 280 students and faculty members participated in the event.
In Ghana, to commemorate World Malaria Day, a Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) resident advisor held a radio interview on USAID PMI efforts to end malaria in Ghana. The USG through USAID and CDC is supporting Ghana’s goal to reduce the malaria disease burden by 75% by the year 2015. In 2010, PMI donated over 2.3 million bed nets to Ghana, and also supported indoor residual spraying in 8 districts in Northern Region, which protected 850,000 people.
In Mozambique, we held a soccer tournament with school children from local communities to disseminate the malaria message. We continue to seek new and innovative ways to combat malaria at the local level.