World Malaria Day – 2015

Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria

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April 25, 2015, 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 Ninth Annual Report to Congress [PDF, 6.2MB], which describes the U.S. Government’s contributions to the global fight against malaria.

Events

World Malaria Day 2015 Reception

Lutheran World Relief and the Malaria Roundtable are hosting a reception on April 21 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm EDT at the Cannon Office Building (Room 340 – Veteran’s Affairs). Expected guests include: Congressman Ander Crenshaw and Congressman Gregory Meeks, Co-Chairs of the House Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, and U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Admiral Tim Ziemer.

World Malaria Day 2015 Luncheon

Friends of the Global Fight is hosting an event celebrating World Malaria Day on April 22, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm EDT at the Capital Visitors Center. The event will bring together Senator Chris Coons (D-DE); Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, President's Malaria Initiative; and Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, United Methodist Church.

Twitter Expert Hour

Join us April 23, 2015, 10:00 am EDT for a Twitter chat about malaria financing, co-moderated by Dr. Bernard Nahlen, PMI's Deputy Coordinator, and Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Roll Back Malaria's Executive Director. Follow @PMIgov and @RollBackMalaria and join the conversation by using #DefeatMalaria.

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. Seventeen PMI focus countries have now reported declines in deaths among children under the age of five. These declines range from 18 percent (in both Liberia and Nigeria) to 55 percent (in both Senegal and Zambia).

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

Map of Africa depicting percentages of reduction in mortality rates of children under 5 by country. In FY 13, PMI sprayed more than 5 million houses with insecticides, protecting more than 21 million residents. %23DEFEATMALARIA In all 17 PMI focus countries, the all-cause mortality rate among children under age 5 has dropped. Reductions range from 18% to 5%.  Photo of three young girls laughing in front of a mosquito net. More than 27,000 health workers were trained in intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women with PMI's support last year. Photo of two health workers smiling. In PMI focus countries, the use of insecticide-treated nets among children under 5 increased from a median of 18% to 46% since the launch of PMI. Photo of two children standing under a mosquito net. With PMI's support, more than 5 million houses in 13 PMI focus countries in Africa have been sprayed with residual insecticide, protecting over 18 million people. Photo of spray operator outside holding clipboard.

Stories from the Field

  • In a number of PMI focus countries, mobile phones are being used to report data and pay spray operators, helping to improve efficiency in IRS programs.

    Integrating Mobile Technology into Project Implementation: Improving Efficiency in Malaria Control Operations

    Jan 2016
    The PMI Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project protects millions of people in Africa from malaria by spraying insecticide on the walls, ceilings, and other indoor resting places of mosquitoes that transmit malaria.
  • From Left: Project Director Brad Lucas, PMI AIRS Lead Allison Belemvire, AIRS Mali Entomological Coordinator Moussa Cisse, AIRS Mali Chief of Party Elie Bankineza and AIRS Mali Operations Manager Seydou TraorĂ©

    AIRS Mali Wins $50,000 for E-Inventory Innovation

    Dec 2015
    The President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying Project’s (AIRS) Mali country program was recently awarded the Grand Prize of PMI’s Innovation Challenge for better management of insecticide inventory. 
  • Mrs.Addisie Eskeziaw Melesse is a witness of the increased bed net utilization in her community.

    Students Singing for No More Malaria

    Dec 2015

    A PMI-funded social and behavioral change communication project targeting 25 kebeles used students and religious leaders as agents of change to help mitigate the problem of malaria in Dera woreda

  • Sayish Molla Admasu, as a result of the strategy, now regularly sleeps under a bed net.

    Household Incentives for Bed Nets

    Dec 2015
    To prevent and control malaria at Mierafemaraim kebele in Dera woreda, a social and behavioral change communication project is underway. The program uses peer education and other in-school behavioral change communications strategies to raise students’ awareness of key malaria action messages.

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Annual Report

PMI Ninth Annual Report 2015
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