External Evaluation of the President's Malaria Initiative
PMI was launched in June 2005 as a five-year, $1.2 billion U.S. Government (USG) initiative to scale up malaria prevention and treatment measures across 15 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Annual funding for PMI increased dramatically from $30 million in FY 2006 to $578 million in FY 2011. Since funds for FY 2010 represent 42 percent of the total funding authorized for PMI over the course of its first five years, it was decided that the comprehensive external evaluation planned for PMI should be conducted between 2011 and mid-2012, when most FY 2010-funded activities will have been implemented.
The final report of the external evaluation of PMI was completed in December 2011. It is an evaluation of how PMI resources, leadership, and management have advanced the Initiative’s goals. This includes an assessment of the degree to which PMI has put its operating principles into practice; PMI’s contributions to the global malaria partnership; and lessons learned that can be used to improve PMI performance and can be applied to other USG international health initiatives.
- External Evaluation Executive Summary [PDF, 308KB]
- External Evaluation Full Report [PDF, 1.6MB]
- PMI Management Response [PDF, 244KB]
Evaluations of Impact
Follow-up nationwide household surveys in PMI focus countries are being carried out between 2009 and 2013. These surveys provide updated information on household coverage with insecticide-treated mosquito nets, appropriate diagnosis and treatment of malaria, and prevention of malaria in pregnant women. This information is used to assess the impact that PMI, together with other partners, has had on malaria-related illnesses and deaths in the 15 focus countries. The assessments will be carried out as part of the larger Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership’s evaluation of progress towards the 2010 targets established by the Abuja Declaration and the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. This evaluation will follow the standardized approach agreed upon by the RBM Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group for the United Nations 2000–2010 malaria evaluation. It will include information on population coverage of the four malaria prevention and treatment interventions, together with all-cause mortality of children under the age of five, and estimates of malaria-related mortality.
The first assessment of impact, in Tanzania, was completed in January 2012.
- Roll Back Malaria Progress & Impact Series:
Focus on Mainland Tanzania