President's Malaria Initiative Newsletter

January 2017


Admiral Ziemer's Farewell Message
Admiral Ziemer reflects on his tenure as U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator. He expressed gratitude for the strong support that PMI has enjoyed from two Administrations and Congress, and he recognized the important role that PMI’s partners have played in PMI’s success. Furthermore, he conveyed the need for ongoing support to move us closer to a malaria-free world.

Release of the World Malaria Report 2016
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Malaria Report 2016 reveals that children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa have greater access to effective malaria control, but in many countries in the region, substantial gaps in program coverage remain. Funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining overall progress, jeopardizing the attainment of global targets.

In the News

Partners in the Greater Mekong Subregion Mobilize around Malaria Elimination Goal
According to a recent report from WHO, there has been a major decline in cases and deaths across the Greater Mekong Subregion over the last 3 years, but the spread of antimalarial drug resistance threatens to undermine these gains. Thus, the way forward entails eliminating malaria altogether from the subregion.

Using Technology in ITN Distribution to Improve Efficiency and Accountability
This blog describes how, in Tanzania, the public and private sectors are incorporating mobile technology to streamline school-based distribution of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), decrease staff burden, and ensure timely documentation and accountability.


Association between Malaria Control Scale-up and Micro-economic Outcomes: Evidence from a Retrospective Analysis in Zambia

Evidence of Non-Plasmodium Falciparum Malaria Infection in Kédougou, Sénégal. Malaria Journal 

Health Worker Adherence to Malaria Treatment Guidelines at Outpatient Health Facilities in Southern Malawi following Implementation of Universal Access to Diagnostic Testing

Increasing Insecticide Resistance in Anopheles Funestus and Anopheles Arabiensis in Malawi, 2011–2015

Indoor Residual Spraying Delivery Models to Prevent Malaria: Comparison of Community- and District-based Approaches in Ethiopia

Using Respondent Driven Sampling to Identify Malaria Risks and Occupational Networks among Migrant Workers in Ranong, Thailand


Country Activities

Going the Extra Mile to Support Tanzania's Rural Health Facilities
Tanzania's predominantly rural population depends on remote facilities to provide for their basic health needs. Recognizing the importance of regular support at such locations, the PMI-funded MalariaCare project and the National Malaria Control Program help supervisors carry out outreach training and supportive supervision at the hardest to reach facilities. This allows local healthcare workers and their district supervisors to work face to face to improve the quality of malaria case management.

The PMI AIRS Project in Senegal scaled up IRS at a reduced cost with the help of community involvement in Malem Hoddar District. The community donated horses and carts to transport spray operators. Photo: PMI AIRS Senegal

Community Takes Ownership of IRS
In Senegal, the President’s Malaria Initiative Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (PMI AIRS) Project, with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), piloted a community-based indoor residual spraying (IRS) effort in Malem Hoddar District to reduce costs, such as vehicle rental, material storage, and personnel. This approach also aims to reduce the duration of the IRS campaign while ensuring community ownership.

A woman works on converting insecticide bottles to paving stones.  Photo: PMI AIRS Benin

Paving the Way
In Benin, the PMI AIRS Project works with a local recycling center to turn empty insecticide bottles into paving stones. Thus, not only did the 2016 Benin IRS campaign protect more than 850,000 people from malaria, but also it succeeded in handling pesticide residues in an environmentally-friendly manner, recycled materials, contributed to job creation, and produced a useful commercial product.

New Resources

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

Indoor Residual Spraying

Insectidide-Treated Mosquito Nets

Entomological Monitoring

Malaria in Pregnancy

Supply Chain Management

Social and Behavior Change Communication

Updated Funding Tables for Malaria Operational Plans




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