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

  • Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, US Global Malaria Coordinator, discusses malaria cases at the Zindi clinic with the Provincial Medical Director for Manicaland.

    PMI Leader Briefed on Benefits of Entomological Monitoring

    Jun 2015
    In June 2015, Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, visited Zimbabwe’s Mutasa District in Manicaland Province to see firsthand how entomological surveillance and monitoring can help to guide malaria prevention policies and programming, such as indoor residual spraying, in order to reduce the burden of malaria.
  • Chart showing a decrease in the malaria burden in Uganda.

    Malaria Burden Decreases in Uganda

    May 2015
    Uganda is making great strides in reducing its malaria burden. According to preliminary results from the 2014–2015 Malaria Indicator Survey, the prevalence of parasitemia in children under five years of age has declined by 55 percent, from 42 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2014.
  • U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Eric Wong, distributes an insecticide-treated mosquito net to mothers and children attending the launch of the ITN distribution campaign in Bugesera District, Rwanda. Credit: Amani Athar/USAID

    PMI Supports ITN Distribution Campaign in High-burden Districts in Rwanda

    May 2015
    In Rwanda, PMI is expanding coverage of three highly effective prevention and treatment measures: insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying with insecticides, and prompt treatment for those who have been diagnosed with malaria. 
  • Makono, sitting outside his home in Chimphanga village, is among the Health Surveillance Assistants who help bring malaria prevention and treatment services to women and families in Malawi.

    You Can’t Fight Malaria without Community Health Workers

    Apr 2015
    Makono is among 2,105 health workers being supported by the President’s Malaria Initiative through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Support for Service Delivery Integration project. 

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