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.


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).

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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 Rwanda, spray operators learn how to pressurize the spray pumps that are used to apply insecticides to walls during indoor residual spraying (IRS) operations. Credit: AIRS Rwanda

    Building Blocks for Malaria Prevention in Rwanda

    Sep 2015
    Strengthening the capacity of national malaria control programs in Africa to manage indoor residual spraying (IRS) programs is a key component of the PMI-funded Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) project. PMI initiated a country capacity assessment of IRS planning and implementation for Rwanda, which led to a capacity development plan.
  • In line with DRC’s national guidelines, a community health worker in Kanda Kanda uses a rapid diagnostic test to accurately diagnose whether or not a young child has malaria. Credit : Management Sciences for Health.

    Improving Malaria Diagnosis at the Community Level in the DRC

    Sep 2015
    In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), malaria is the main cause of death among children under five. Improving malaria diagnosis, particularly at the community level, increases the number of cases of children that are correctly managed and treated.
  • Image of the new Entomological Laboratory for Malaria Control in Kigali, Rwanda.

    Rwanda Inaugurates New Entomological Laboratory for Malaria Control

    Sep 2015
    Progress in malaria control requires a deep understanding and knowledge of the mosquitoes carrying the disease. To help malaria-endemic countries make evidence-based decisions for the implementation of malaria interventions, the PMI-supported Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project partnered with the Rwandan Ministry of Health’s Malaria and Other Parasitic Diseases Division (MOPDD) to establish Rwanda’s first modern-day entomological laboratory.
  • Jorgina K. Jorge coordinated the PMI AIRS Project's IRS program in Huambo Province in Angola from 2008-2014. Credit: The PMI AIRS Project

    PMI AIRS Malaria Fighter: Jorgina Kuenda Jorge

    Sep 2015
    Data from the 2011 Malaria Indicator Survey show the mortality rate in Angola for children under five years of age has fallen by 23 percent in the past five years. One of Angola’s own malaria fighters, Jorgina Kuenda Jorge, has helped bring about those rewards in her role as the project’s Provincial Coordinator in Huambo Province.

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