President's Malaria Initiative Newsletter

January 2016

Announcements

In SOTU, Obama Signals Commitment to Defeat Malaria
In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for ending malaria: “Right now, we are on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS, and we have the capacity to accomplish the same thing with malaria – something I’ll be pushing this Congress to fund this year.”

Press Release: World Malaria Report 2015 Released
New estimates from WHO show a significant increase in the number of countries moving towards malaria elimination, with prevention efforts saving millions of dollars in healthcare costs over the past 14 years in many African countries.

Press Release: Malaria No More Honors Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, Representatives Kay Granger and Nita Lowey
Leaders in the fight against malaria are recognized at the organization’s annual Champions Breakfast.

Now Available - FY 2016 Malaria Operational Plans
The FY 2016 Malaria Operational Plans (MOPs) are now available. These plans were developed in collaboration with national malaria control programs (NMCPs), and with participation of national and international partners involved in malaria prevention and control. 

President's Malaria Initiative at ASTMH 2015
The 64th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medical and Hygiene featured a number of PMI-supported symposia, scientific sessions, and poster presentations. See descriptions of the sessions here.

PMI in the News

Obama’s Goal to Wipe Out Malaria May Be a Dream Too Far
In his State of the Union address, President Obama remarked that, in part through American commitment, the world could soon be rid of malaria. The pledge sent a frisson of excitement through researchers and philanthropic organizations focused on malaria. Gayle E. Smith, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, said Mr. Obama had “looked at malaria and concluded that if we combine the continued progress, our leadership and another big international push, we can actually get to the point of eradication.”

The World Can Eliminate Malaria
The World Health Organization reported in December that the number of deaths globally from malaria fell from 839,000 in 2000 to 438,000 in 2015. Around 200 million people per year still contract the disease, and many of those who die are children. But the once audacious goal of entirely eliminating one of the leading killers in human history by 2040 now seems ambitious but not unreasonable..

A Turning Point in an Age-old Fight Against a Killer
Until recently, if you asked for the most significant moment in the age-old fight against malaria, the answer would probably be 1897. That's when Dr. Ronald Ross discovered that mosquitoes transmit malaria. But many decades from now, when the word “malaria” evokes a blank look or a distant memory of a killer that preyed on the poor and the young, historians will point to 2015.

Reps. Crenshaw, Meeks congratulate Nobel Prize scientists
U.S. Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R–FL) and Gregory Meeks (D–NY), co-chairs of Congressional Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, recently congratulated Nobel Prize scientists for their progress against malaria and parasitic diseases.

Blogs

“Rallying the World” to Defeat Malaria
In this blog, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Tim Ziemer writes how, in his final State of the Union address, President Obama defined American leadership as “rallying the world behind causes that are right.” The global health goals of ending malaria and HIV/AIDS are no longer deemed too ambitious or too complex. And that’s because we’ve done it before. The story of U.S. leadership in the fight against infectious diseases is one of immense success and progress. From smallpox, measles, Guinea worm and polio, to malaria and Ebola, our determination, grit and know-how have helped eliminate or push many killers to the brink of extinction.

CDC Poised to Answer President Obama’s Call to End Malaria
S. Patrick Kachur, chief of CDC’s Malaria Branch, blogs about CDC’s deep involvement in the fight against malaria. He notes that the President’s remarks draw attention to a health threat that is too often invisible to most Americans. While malaria is rare in the United States, with about 1,500 cases a year mostly among travelers who visit or return to the U.S., it is an all-too-common source of pain and misery in too many places. The battle to end malaria isn’t easy. But as the President said, this is a battle we can win.

Transforming the Health, Well-Being, and Livelihoods of Millions Across the Globe
Since 2000, more than six million lives have been saved, and the increased application of proven interventions has helped to loosen malaria’s grip. Together with partners, under national malaria control program leadership, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) brings effective tools for the prevention and control of malaria to the people who need them most, particularly women and children.

 

Country Activities

Stories from the Field

 

Integrating Mobile Technology into Project Implementation: Improving Efficiency in Malaria Control Operations
The PMI Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project is finding innovative ways to incorporate technology to increase efficiency, reduce the time lag between managerial decision making and implementation, as well as decrease bottlenecks related to administrative processes.


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

Household Incentives for Bed Nets in Ethiopia
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.


A technician looks through a microscope.

Quality Assurance and Case Management Advance Malaria Control in Ethiopia
With funding from the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), ICAP’s Malaria Laboratory Diagnosis and Monitoring project has been strengthening malaria laboratory diagnostic capacity and case management in 380 (70%) of Ethiopia’s endemic districts.


Zaqueu Chicuate conducting a pre-spray environmental assessment (PSECA) using a smartphone – a new technology the PMI AIRS Project has introduced to the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture

PMI AIRS Malaria Fighter: Mozambique’s Zaqueu F.B. Chicuate
Environmental Director for Mozambique’s Ministry of Environment in Zambezia Province, Zaqueu F.B. Chicuate, was first introduced to indoor residual spraying (IRS) in 2007. Dr. Chicuate, who has worked in environmental compliance for 15 years, recently shared his experiences with the PMI AIRS Project in helping to mitigate potential negative effects that could result from working with insecticide.


 

New Resources

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

Indoor Residual Spraying

Contracts & Agreements

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Rwanda Impact Evaluation report [PDF, 4.6 MB] and annexes [PDF, 4 MB]
  • Senegal Impact Evaluation report [PDF, 2.1 MB]

Health Systems Strengthening

Diagnosis and Treatment

Updated Funding Tables for Malaria Operational Plans

2015

2014

2013

 

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