President’s Malaria Initiative Newsletter

July 2013


PMI's Seventh Annual Report

“The United States will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades... by saving the world’s children from preventable deaths...”
– President Barack Obama, State of the Union, February 12, 2013

Read the PMI Seventh Annual Report - April 2013 [PDF, 4.5MB]

The risk of malaria is declining. The U.S. Government’s financial and technical contributions have played a major role in this remarkable progress. However, gaps in resources remain. If progress is to be sustained, committed efforts must continue. PMI and partners will continue to build on investments in malaria control and prevention and respond to challenges, such as antimalarial drug resistance, insecticide resistance and weak malaria case surveillance.

PMI in the News

Invest in Uganda's Future: Defeat Malaria

In an op-ed, U.S. Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi and British High Commissioner Alison Blackburne describe the state of malaria in Uganda: “Malaria prevalence in Uganda is among the highest in Africa, killing up to one person every 8 minutes and causing almost 20 percent of the deaths among children under 5 years old. It does not have to be this way.” 

At a Defining Moment in the Fight to End Malaria

In this blog article on the Huffington Post, Kent Campbell, director of the Malaria Control Program at PATH, explains the approach it will take to eliminate malaria in Africa.

Ending the Scourge of Malaria

This Washington Times opinion article by Rep. Ander Crenshaw and Steve Davis, CEO of PATH, describes the strong impact of PMI on global health around the world and the advances in research and development.

A Day of Resolve to Eradicate Malaria

Sen. Roger Wicker, Rep. Ander Crenshaw and Rep. Gregory Meeks describe in Politico how PMI takes a results-driven approach and utilizes the very best of American entrepreneurship to prevent and treat malaria in countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

President's Malaria Initiative: Big Success from a Quiet Team

CSIS Global Health Policy Center’s Senior Advisor, Todd Summers, discusses how PMI is achieving sustained, impressive results.

Read the most recent USAID IMPACT Blog posts on malaria.


Subcommittee Hearing: The U.S. Contribution to the Fight against Malaria

Watch the congressional testimony by Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

Read more PMI News.

Country Activities

Updated Profiles

PMI focus country/regional profiles have been updated with new data from FY 2012. Learn more about the work PMI is doing in each of the 19 focus countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Greater Mekong Subregion.

Stories from the Field

In Kenya, the Use of RDTs Ensures Effective and Rapid Case Management

The Kenyan Government has adopted the policy of universal diagnosis before treatment for all fever cases suspected to be malaria. During FY 2012, PMI contributed to the implementation of this policy by purchasing 1.7 million rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and supporting training on malaria laboratory diagnosis for more than 400 health workers nationwide.

IPTp and ITN Promotion through Community Caravans in Benin

The 2011–2012 Benin Demographic and Health Survey found that more than 70 percent of children under 5 and pregnant women use insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), up from 25 percent in 2006. Unfortunately, only 23 percent of women reported receiving the recommended two doses of intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women (IPTp) during their last pregnancy.

For Maria Bhonzi, using long-lasting ITNs correctly and consistently ensures protection against bites from the Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malaria. Source: PSI


Mass Distribution of ITNs Protects Families in Zimbabwe

Maria Bhonzi lives in a rural village with her husband and two young children and is pregnant with her third child. The family lives near the Chiutsa River, a major breeding site for mosquitoes. Although Maria and her family make regular visits to the local clinic to seek treatment for malaria, they are unable to afford the protection of a long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net.

Mali Pilots Innovative ‘Insectary-in-a-Box’

In March 2012, a coup interrupted PMI-supported indoor residual spraying activities. As a result, PMI was obliged to continue with the 2012 spray program without the involvement of government partners. This included entomological monitoring, a crucial activity that assesses whether the sprayed insecticide is killing malaria-transmitting mosquitoes.

Nigerian students receive mosquito nets to take home. School-based distribution of long-lasting ITNs can help sustain high coverage after campaigns. Source: NetWorks Project, JHU-CCP

Source: NetWorks Project, JHU-CCP

Continuous Distribution of Mosquito Nets through Schools in Nigeria

In Nigeria, PMI has assisted Cross River State to pilot innovative ways to maintain high rates of household ITN ownership. The National Malaria Control Program projected that after a universal campaign, coverage of at least one ITN per household would eventually drop to just 20 percent if insecticide-treated mosquito nets were distributed through antenatal clinics alone; however, distributing mosquito nets through antenatal clinics and schools could sustain 75 percent coverage.

Explore more Stories from the Field.

New Resources

Technical Resources

Updated Funding Tables for FY 2011 and 2012 Malaria Operational Plans

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