U.S. President's Malaria Initiative Newsletter

September 2019

Message from the Coordinator

U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Dr. Ken Staley marked World Mosquito Day 2019 by calling attention to the issue of insecticide resistance. He also explains how PMI is evolving alongside the mosquito, and why he is optimistic about new strategies and partnerships to fight insecticide resistance. Read his message here.

Announcements

PMI Welcomes the Lancet Commission Report on Malaria Eradication
PMI welcomes the September 2019 report from the Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication, which concludes that malaria can and should be eradicated by the year 2050. Dr. Ken Staley—co-author of the report along with other leading scientists, policymakers, and implementation experts—described its findings as “incredibly valuable for the global malaria community.” The report provides a roadmap for malaria eradication by 2050, which Staley said will “help guide our collective efforts to create a world free of malaria” and “bring renewed purpose, urgency, and dedication to the task.”

World Mosquito Day
August 20 marked World Mosquito Day, recognizing the historic discovery that female Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria and calling attention to ongoing global efforts to fight the world’s deadliest creature. PMI works on the frontlines of this effort, funding proven, cost-effective interventions to fight malaria and deploying innovative solutions to combat the growing threat of insecticide-resistant mosquitoes.

PMI Statement on New Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Nets as an Effective Tool to Fight Malaria
Insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) are one of the most important tools in the fight against malaria, yet emerging mosquito resistance to the pyrethroid insecticides used on ITNs threatens their effectiveness. In response, PMI is calling for decisive action to combat insecticide resistance and contributing to global efforts to introduce and scale up ITNs with different insecticide combinations and novel compounds.

In the News

How Mosquitos Killed Billions and Helped Win the American Revolution
At any moment across the globe mosquitoes lead the news, infecting millions with disease. In this video interview with CBS This Morning, Dr. John Gimnig–an entomologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who works closely with PMI—describes the history of overcoming malaria in the United States and the actions needed to keep gaining ground against this formidable enemy.

PMI and the Global Fund Support Launch of Senegal-Gambia Cooperation in the Fight Against Malaria
In May 2019, the governments of Senegal and The Gambia officially launched the world’s first joint campaign to distribute 11 million ITNs to fight malaria on both sides of an international border. The campaign will deliver nearly 10 million ITNs in Senegal, and another 1 million in The Gambia. In this video published in July, the BBC follows the rollout of this pioneering initiative that will enable both countries to better prevent and control malaria.

 

Country in Focus: Benin

PMI Brings Free Malaria Treatment to Village Children
When Rose Monni’s 32-month old son, Israel, fell ill with malaria, she was amazed at the incredible care he received from her village’s community health worker (CHW). She no longer had to walk six miles to her nearest health center and the treatment Israel received was free thanks to support from PMI. Rose now directs all women whose children have a fever to CHWs for diagnosis and treatment of malaria, so they too can benefit from the services available in the village.

Check out our Country in Focus page for more stories and to learn about PMI’s work in Benin

Stories

The Fight Against the Mighty Mosquito
For more than a decade, PMI has used insecticides to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes. But as mosquitoes evolve, so must PMI. By rolling out new products and supporting a thriving market for innovation, PMI is transforming the way it fights mosquitoes and saves lives.


Women Lead the Way in Malawi’s Insecticide Spray Operations
Pregnant women and children under five are among the most vulnerable to malaria. As the primary caregivers, women face an additional burden when malaria strikes a family. CHWs like Agbethia Malenga are breaking barriers and improving the overall economic power of women, all while fighting malaria.


Protecting Refugees from Malaria in Rwanda
Mahama Refugee Camp is often referred to as Kirehe District’s ‘13th Sector,’ so it seemed only right it be included in the PMI-funded indoor residual spraying (IRS) campaign for the district. Now, the 54,000 Burundian refugees that call the camp home—mostly children who are highly vulnerable to malaria—are among the 840,000 Rwandan people PMI has helped protect with IRS. Learn how malaria prevalence in the camp has fallen by 90 percent.


New Resources

Browse through the most recent reports and publications by technical area.

PMI Reports

Indoor Residual Spraying

Insecticide-Treated Nets

Entomological Monitoring

Malaria Operational Plans

Updated Funding Tables