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World Malaria Day – 2013

Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria

  Cover of the Seventh Annual PMI Report.
Read the PMI 7th Annual Report, April 2013 [PDF, 4.55MB].

April 25, 2013, marks World Malaria Day – a day to celebrate the gains made in the fight against malaria. During the last decade, reported malaria cases have been cut in half in more than 40 countries. Malaria deaths have dropped by nearly 330,000 each year, and an estimated 485 fewer children are dying each day from malaria. The U.S. Government, on behalf of the American people, has taken extraordinary steps to curb the spread of this preventable and curable disease in 19 focus countries in Africa and a regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Working together with national governments and other donors, PMI has reached millions of people with life-saving prevention and treatment measures through a variety of approaches at hospitals, health facilities and communities. Twelve PMI focus countries have now reported declines in deaths among children under the age of five - ranging from 16 percent (in Malawi) to 50 percent (in Rwanda).

Special Event: USAID Global Health's Twitter Expert Hour

On World Malaria Day, PMI hosted a Twitter relay with U.S. Africa Command and partners. Check out #malariabuzz to see the archive or view a summary of key tweets posted by Mom Bloggers for Social Good. We were joined by PMI experts Admiral Timothy Ziemer, Dr. Christen Fornadel, and Dr. Kassahun Belay.

Stories of Malaria

Photo of a Malawian mother and her child receive protection from malaria

A Malawian mother and her child receive protection from malaria by sleeping under a long-lasting ITN.

Photo Source: Maggie Hallahan Photography

Photo of a young boy being tested for malaria

In Zanzibar, a young boy is tested for malaria using an RDT.

Photo Source: Maggie Hallahan Photography

Photo of a clinician explaining appropriate treatment with ACTs

A clinician explains appropriate treatment with ACTs in Angola.

Photo Source: William Brieger/Jhpiego

Photo of a boy living near the Thai-Burmese border, who is one of the many children benefiting from malaria control

PMI provides funding to strengthen regional antimalarial drug surveillance networks in the Greater Mekong Subregion through the WHO Mekong Malaria Programme. This Karen boy, living near the Thai-Burmese border, is one of the many children benefiting from malaria control, prevention, and surveillance activities in the region.

Photo Source: Denise Allen/CDC

Photo of Ghanaian children holding up brochures explaining proper use and care of ITNs

Mass ITN distribution campaigns to achieve universal coverage require partnership and coordination and often bring together partners such as NMCPs, the Global Fund, DFID, Peace Corps, and PMI. These Ghanaian children hold up brochures explaining proper use and care of ITNs, distributed during an ITN distribution campaign.

Photo Source: Lisa Kramer/PMI

Photo of Nigerian students receiving mosquito nets to take home

Nigerian students receive mosquito nets to take home. School-based distribution of long-lasting ITNs can help sustain high coverage after campaigns.

Photo Source: NetWorks Project, JHU-CCP

Photo of a microscopist examining blood smears for malaria parasites

A microscopist examines blood smears for malaria parasites in Zanzibar.

Photo Source: Maggie Hallahan Photography

Photo of an entomologist working at an insectary where mosquitoes are bred

In Tanzania, an entomologist works at an insectary, where mosquitoes are bred.

Photo Source: Maggie Hallahan Photography

Photo of a nurse in Tanzania using a rapid test to diagnose malaria in a young boy

A nurse in Tanzania uses a rapid test to diagnose malaria in a young boy as his mother comforts him.

Photo Source: Maggie Hallahan Photography

Photo of a laboratory technician reviewing malaria RDT results

A laboratory technician reviews malaria RDT results at the Zambia National Malaria Control Center’s laboratory.

Photo Source: IMAD

Photo of a spray operator preparing to spray inside a house

This spray operator prepares to spray inside a house during the 2012 campaign in Angola. Training of operators and provision of protective equipment and clothing are important elements of IRS campaigns.

Photo Source: Abt Associates

Photo of a Rwandan mother and her children, outside their house which was sprayed

A Rwandan mother and her children, outside their house which has been sprayed during an IRS campaign.

Photo Source: Brant Steward/RTI

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