On June 16, 2021, on the occasion of the International Day of the African Child and the start of a campaign to distribute mosquito nets to prevent malaria infections in the 15 counties, Ambassador Michael McCarthy visited the health programs and USAID Education in Kakata, Margibi County.
Ambassador McCarthy first visited Sackie Gbomoh Public School, which receives support from the US government through the USAID Read Liberia and Accelerated Quality Education programs. He thanked the assembled leaders, educators, parents and community members for their commitment to educating the children of the community. The Ambassador highlighted the importance of involving parents and the community in their children’s education, the need to start school at the right time and the benefits of staying in school, especially for children. girls. He then toured the newly renovated facilities and joined the grade 1 and grade 2 students, who were reading new books. The renovations and the newly published books were funded by U.S. taxpayers through U.S. government programs.
Ambassador McCarthy then met with county health officials and community members at CH Rennie Hospital and Kakata Health Center. He joined them in launching the large-scale mosquito net distribution campaign that takes place every three years. This year, it is funded by the US government and the Global Fund, and the campaign is led by the government of Liberia and Plan International. A total of 2.7 million insecticide-treated bednets will be distributed from June 16 to 25 under the close supervision of the US Presidential Malaria Initiative team. Sleeping under an insecticide-treated mosquito net is one of the best ways to prevent malaria infections, and Liberia is the first to distribute the new New Generation Interceptor Nets (iG2) nationwide, which use two highly effective insecticides. to kill mosquitoes on contact. .
At the end of the visit, Ambassador McCarthy thanked community leaders, professionals, parents and youth for their commitment to the health and education of children in Margibi County. The county superintendent assured the ambassador that the county would make maximum use of the US government investment. Ambassador McCarthy said he will fondly remember his trip to Kakata and hope to return in the near future to celebrate their progress.