President's Malaria Initiative E-Newsletter
August 2007Table of Contents
|First Lady Laura Bush visits a rehabilitation center for orphans in Zambia. View more photos
Source: Chris Thomas/USAID
In June 2007, Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, U.S. Malaria Coordinator, joined Mrs. Laura Bush in Mozambique and Zambia during the First Lady’s four-country visit to Africa. Mrs. Bush handed out bed nets in Senegal, Mozambique, Zambia, and donned a white face mask in Matola, Mozambique, to show the benefits of spraying homes with insecticide to combat malaria. She completed her five-day trip by visiting a school in Mali and highlighting poverty reduction initiatives there.
Also in Mozambique, Mrs. Bush launched an interfaith anti-malaria campaign and promoted the role of faith-based organizations in combating disease in Africa. In Zambia, the First Lady highlighted an unprecedented partnership between government, businesses, and religious groups to reduce the suffering caused by malaria by distributing 500,000 insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) to young children, pregnant mothers, and people infected with HIV/AIDS before the next malaria season in November.
Mrs. Bush Speaks at the National Press Club Newsmakers Luncheon About Her Four-Country Visit to Africa
At the National Press Club on July 25, Mrs. Bush gave a speech entitled, “Why Africa,” where she discussed her recent trip to Zambia, Mozambique, Senegal and Mali. She talked about her experiences in these countries and how successful the presidential initiatives such as PMI and PEPFAR have been in these areas.
|A child holds up a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net (LLIN) provided through a public-private partnership in Zambia.
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Source: Chris Thomas/USAID
Given the enormous burden of malaria and the ambitious target of halving the number of malaria deaths worldwide by 2010, effective partnerships, particularly at the country level, are essential to reach the maximum number of people with life-saving interventions. Such partnerships are at the heart of PMI's strategy to bring programs to scale. ExxonMobil and ExxonMobil Foundation, for instance, have given a total of $2 million in support of PMI's activities in Angola.
One of PMI’s activities in Uganda to help improve insecticide-treated bed net (ITN) availability is to assist in the creation of a sustainable ITN commercial sector. NetMark has been contracted to spearhead this activity.
Capacity Building Activities on Tap for Tanzania
Three health programs seek to improve human resource capacity and regional health management skills in a number of areas, including Integrated Logistics System (ILS) and artemisinin-combined therapy (ACT) for malaria. Download the agreements below for the details.
- Centre for Educational Development in Health, Arusha (CEDHA) [PDF, 81KB]
- Kigoma Zonal Training Centre (KZTC) [PDF, 71KB]
- Primary Health Care Institute, Iringa (PHCI) [PDF, 74KB]
|Ask the Coordinator|
- Read Karen's full question and Rear Adm. Ziemer's response
- E-mail your questions about PMI or any of its malaria programs to Rear Adm. Ziemer
|Voices from the Field|
Nyasa Tunga with her youngest son, Ekyoci, who was treated for and cured of malaria in Tanzania. Read more
ACTs Help Refugees Fight Malaria
For ten years, Nyasa Tunga has lived in a refugee camp where malaria has been the leading cause of illness and death. In January 2007, with PMI support, Nyasa and her family began to benefit from new, improved life-saving malaria medicine. This medicine may have saved the life of her youngest child.
Refugees Well Schooled in ACT Use
Artemisinin-combined therapy (ACT), a highly effective anti-malarial, is fighting malaria in Tanzania. With PMI support, Burundian refugees in Kanembwa Camp in northwestern Tanzania are accessing these medicines and recovering from malaria in record time.
If you have questions or comments, please contact Chris Thomas at ChThomas@usaid.gov.
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