Malaria is one of the highest burden diseases in Sierra Leone especially affecting young children and infants. The country has decided
to implement an intervention called Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Infants, or IPTI. This is the medication given to the infants during the first year of life at the same time they go to the facility to receive their childhood vaccinations. .
CDC has supported the government of Sierra Leone to implement IPTI and also to evaluate
it. Sierra Leone has become the first country
to roll out IPTI nationwide. The community understood that this could have a big impact to reduce morbidity and possibly mortality for their children. IPTI is the perfect example of integration of malaria and immunizations.