President's Malaria Initiative E-Newsletter
August 2009Table of Contents
|In Benin, Catherine Degboesse and her new-born baby receive a free insecticide-treated mosquito net from Simon Kpossa (left), a member of the Ministry of Health's distribution team. Across Africa, PMI supports a broad range of strategies to prevent and treat malaria, targeting vulnerable populations - children under five and pregnant women.
Source: Andre Roussel/USAID Benin
Save the Date: “A Decade of Growth in the Commercial Distribution of ITNs, Equity of Ownership, and Appropriate Use: NetMark Results from Seven African Countries”
On September 17, 2009, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., there will be a public launch of "Access to Survival" - a 30-minute film on NetMark's approaches. A panel of evaluation experts will explain the project's significant results across seven countries. From 8:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m., attendees can also visit the Marketplace, and talk one-on-one with project staff and technical experts; examine nets and vouchers; ask questions about research instruments or net production processes; and view award-winning television spots and other demand creation strategies.
Formation of a Senate Working Group on Malaria
Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) launched the first-ever Senate Working Group on Malaria. The bipartisan Senate Working Group is designed to help raise awareness and support efforts to combat this deadly disease. The senators recognize that through PMI, the United States has become a global leader in reducing deaths from malaria.
Global Health Article: "Charting Malaria's Demise"
Global Health reports on the World Malaria Map, a new geostatistical modeling tool that is the result of two years of work by a team of researchers at Oxford University and other institutions that will likely help public health experts track malaria's reach on the world map. The author acknowledges PMI's work in contributing to data collection on malaria prevalence.
For an overview of PMI’s results to date, please visit the new PMI Results page on www.pmi.gov. Highlights include:
New Malaria Communities Program Cooperative Agreements and Performance Reports
The Malaria Communities Program (MCP) is a $30 million initiative that was created under PMI to support the efforts of communities and indigenous organizations to combat malaria in Africa. Cooperative Agreements for all 13 grantees are now available online, in addition to the performance reports for the first round of grantees.
News from the Field
Read new success stories about some of PMI's most effective strategies, including indoor residual spraying (IRS), artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), and insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs).
After walking more than two kilometers to Chemamul village, Kenya, to take part in an IRS campaign, spray operator Shedrack Maritim was awarded a “spear of heroism” by a grateful village elder.
Source: James Sang/Kenya, A Division of Malaria Control
Beatriz and her baby, Surpresa, residents of the municipality of Cazenga in Luanda Province, are thriving and in good health. In fact, all of Beatriz' children are alive and well. Ever since the birth of her first child, Beatriz and her four daughters have slept under ITNs.
- Kenya: Shedrack Maritim Awarded ‘Spear of Heroism’ for Fighting Malaria
Shedrack Maritim is one of the committed spray operators who is making sure that isolated communities are not overlooked. Carrying a spray pump loaded with 10 liters of insecticide, he trekked more than two kilometers to Chemamul village.
- Liberia: Reaching Vulnerable Women and Children in Liberia
Fatuma Sultan Koletima is a 30-year-old woman who lives in a small rural village in Cape Mount County. During the last rainy season, Fatuma’s children experienced many episodes of malaria. Fatuma visited a health facility and was given ACTs that cured her children.
- Madagascar: Combating Malaria While Safeguarding Madagascar's Unique Environment
Madagascar, the world's fourth largest island, is home to a great number of unique plants and animals. The island also faces high rates of malaria, and its elimination is one of the government's major goals. Protecting this unique environment during IRS programs is of prime importance to the country and has been the focus of PMI-supported IRS in Madagascar.
|New and Updated Resources on PMI.gov|
- Find answers to your technical questions by downloading the updated PMI Technical Guidance on the Prevention and Control of Malaria [PDF, 171KB].
- The executive summary for the PMI Third Annual Report is now available in English [PDF, 683KB], French [PDF, 2.6MB], and Portuguese [PDF, 2.7MB].
- View revised funding tables for Uganda, Angola, and Mali’s FY09 Malaria Operational Plans.
New PMI Job Postings
- Malaria Technical Advisor – Washington, D.C.
- Malaria Technical Advisor, Behavior Change Communication – Washington, D.C.
- Other USG Malaria Positions:
Malaria Advisor/Program Manager – USAID/Burundi
If you have questions or comments, please contact Chris Thomas at ChThomas@usaid.gov.
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