World Malaria Day – 2014

Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria

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April 25, 2014, marks World Malaria Day – a day to celebrate the gains made in the fight against malaria. Each year, this day highlights global efforts to control malaria and mobilizes action to combat the disease. On this occasion, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), releases its Eighth Annual Report to Congress [PDF, 20MB], which describes the U.S. Government’s contributions to the global fight against malaria.


Special Event: @PMIgov Twitter Expert Hour

Join us April 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. EST for a Twitter chat moderated by Dr. Bernard Nahlen, PMI’s Deputy Malaria Coordinator. Come hear about the great contributions of the many organizations involved in the fight against malaria.

World Malaria Day Symposium – April 25, 2014

USG Global Malaria Coordinator Adm. Ziemer will participate in a World Malaria Day Symposium at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on Friday April, 25 2014. The one-day event is organized and sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Center for Communication Programs and Jhiepgo. The program will feature speakers from government, NGOs, faith-based organizations, and academic programs who are combating malaria in the field.

Share the Facts

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. Fifteen 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).

Share the facts below via Twitter to help spread the message about the fight against malaria.

In FY 13, PMI procured more than 40 million long-lasting ITNs to prevent malaria. #DEFEATMALARIA In FY 13, PMI sprayed more than 5 million houses with insecticides, protecting more than 21 million residents. %23DEFEATMALARIA Join us for a World Malaria Day Twitter Chat with Dr. Bernard Nahlen of PMI. April 25th, 11-12 pm ET. %23WMDchat

Stories from the Field

  • Stakeholders attend the TVCSP-led eIDSR training in Bunda District. Source: RTI International

    Improving Data Collection and Reporting for Malaria Control in Tanzania

    Aug 2014

    Training from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Tanzania Vector Control Scale-up Project helps health care personnel enhance their understanding of electronic data transfer mechanisms and learn how to carry out electronic data transfers through mobile phones.

  • Canisters used for indoor residual spraying (IRS) activities to control malaria. Source: Brant Stewart, RTI International

    Protection of Refugees Through PMI-Kenya Donated Insecticide

    Jul 2014
    Indoor residual spraying (IRS) is a proven and highly effective malaria control measure and is one of PMI’s key interventions.
  • Ms. Yvonne Kianduma, one of 3,000 health workers trained on RDT use as a part of a nationwide exercise supported by PMI. Source: USAID/Kenya

    Mass Training of Health Workers on RDT Use

    Jul 2014
    Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) allow for the quick detection of malaria parasites in a person’s blood and are becoming increasingly available for resource-poor settings where reliable microscopic diagnosis is not possible.
  • Koranic schoolmaster, Mr. Mamoune Diop, with some of the approximately 60 children under his care. Source: Nathaly Herrel/PMI

    Engaging Senegal’s Home-Based Care Providers in the Fight Against Malaria

    Jun 2014
    Despite Senegal’s progressive health system policies, which make malaria diagnosis and treatment freely available to the Senegalese population, geographic, educational, and financial barriers often impede access to these services. As a result, nine in ten malaria cases in Senegal are initially treated at home, and only 50 percent of cases ever receive formal care.

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Annual Report

THE PRESIDENT’S MALARIA INITIATIVE Eighth Annual Report to Congress | April 2014

Read the PMI Eighth Annual Report [PDF, 4.5MB]


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