Does the goverment help malaria?
Many governments around the world assist in controlling malaria. Some countries, like Australia and the United States, used to have malaria transmission occur within their own borders, but through dedicated control programs, have managed to eradicate the disease locally. In these cases, the government coordinated huge programs of draining standing water, spraying insecticides and ensuring that health clinics were equipped to diagnose and quickly treat any human cases.
Nowadays, the governments of the US and Australia, along with many other countries which do not have malaria, still assist in the fight against malaria by funding malaria control programs in other countries, either directly (for example, the US funds international health projects through the US Agency for International Development) or indirectly, through international organisations like the World Health Organisation and the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria. They also provide training in technical expertise to scientists, doctors and clinicians from malaria-endemic countries.
The governments of countries which have malaria are also deeply engaged in fighting the disease, mostly through their respective Ministries of Health, which often have specific malaria departments. In India, for example, malaria control is carried out by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), which is part of the Directorate General of Health Services. The NVBDCP carries out a multi-pronged strategy to combat malaria, including early case detection and treatment, vector control (with spraying, biological control and personal protection), community participation, etc. In Uganda, the Malaria Control Programme also carries out the above activities, and also provides intermittent preventative treatment against malaria for young children and pregnant women and has in the past engaged in large-scale distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated bednets. Both countries also explicitly include monitoring and evaluation as part of their control strategies, to make sure that any interventions or control efforts they make are having a positive impact on reducing malaria morbidity and mortality.