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President's Malaria Initiative Newsletter

October 2017


PMI Launches and Expands in West and Central Africa
PMI is launching new country programs in Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expanding its existing program in Burkina Faso. With the addition of these five new focus countries in West and Central Africa, PMI has programs in 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This country expansion will benefit almost 90 million additional people at risk of malaria.

Studies Show that Malaria Interventions Are Critical Investments for Saving Children's Lives in Africa
New studies released in a special supplement of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene adds to the evidence that over the last decade, global malaria control efforts have saved millions of children's lives in areas most affected by malaria. The supplement includes nine novel contributions on evaluating the impact of malaria control interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, where most of malaria deaths are among children under the age of five years. Results from these rigorous impact evaluations highlight the successes of malaria control efforts, including reinforcing the link between malaria intervention scale-up and reductions in malaria morbidity and child mortality. The Center for Global Development hosted a launch event, Malaria Control: A Critical Investment for Saving Lives in Africa, which featured Senators Coons and Wicker, Dr. Kesete Admasu (RBM Partnership), Elizabeth Chizema (Director, Zambia National Malaria Elimination Centre), and leadership from PMI, CDC, WHO, UNICEF, CGD, Kaiser Family Foundation, and ASTMH.

PMI Bids Farewell to Dr. Bernard Nahlen, Deputy Coordinator
With great respect and admiration, PMI bids farewell to Dr. Bernard Nahlen, the first and only Deputy Coordinator of the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) since early 2007. After more than a decade with PMI, we celebrate his appointment as director of the University of Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health.

Country in Focus: Uganda
View the new Country in Focus page, which now features Uganda. More than 90% of the country has consistent malaria transmission, including some of the highest transmission rates in the world. To combat malaria, PMI is supporting Uganda to scale-up malaria control interventions and distribute vital commodities. These efforts have contributed to significant progress: the most recent national-level data for malaria interventions in Uganda show improvements in all malaria indicators as compared to 2006 levels, including a nearly five-fold increase in the percent of households owning at least one.

In the News

World Health Officials Describe Progress against Tetanus, HIV and Malaria
The New York Times highlights the announced expansion of the President's Malaria Initiative into five new countries in West and Central Africa. It notes how, in his speech to the United Nations, President Trump praised the President's Malaria Initiative and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief as examples of leadership in humanitarian assistance by the United States.

U.S. Malaria Donations Saved Almost 2 Million African Children
Over the last decade, American assistance to fight malaria in Africa has saved the lives of nearly 2 million children, according to a new analysis of mortality rates in 32 countries. The study, published by PLOS Medicine this month, looked at the long-term effects of the President's Malaria Initiative, and found that countries helped by the malaria initiative had 16 percent fewer deaths in children under 5.

The US President's Malaria Initiative and Under-5 Child Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa: A difference-in-differences analysis
This study evaluated the association between the introduction of PMI and child mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and found that PMI was associated with 16 percent annual risk reduction in child mortality and increased population coverage of key malaria prevention and treatment technologies.

Malaria Control Adds to the Evidence for Health Aid Effectiveness
The evidence in the study by Jakubowski and colleagues is the first demonstration of the large-scale effectiveness of foreign aid for malaria control, and it joins the canon supporting health aid effectiveness. It also underscores that the anticipated benefits of effective aid include not only a reduction in the number of children dying in poor countries, but also, arguably, an investment in the well-being of Americans.


A Reduction in Malaria Transmission Intensity in Northern Ghana after 7 Years of Indoor Residual Spraying

Effect of User Preferences on ITN Use: a Review of Literature and Data

Evaluation of a Continuous Community-based ITN Distribution Pilot in Lainya County, South Sudan 2012–2013

Insecticide Resistance Status of Three Malaria Vectors, Anopheles gambiae (s.l.), An. funestus and An. mascarensis, from the South, Central and East Coasts of Madagascar

Evaluating the Impact of Malaria Control Interventions in sub-Saharan Africa (The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene - Volume 97, Issue 3, Supplement, 2017):


The Net Detectives
In addition to supporting distribution of bed nets via massive campaigns every 3 or 4 years, PMI supports implementation of durability monitoring, which examines how people use the nets, how they care for them, and how long they last. In Zanzibar, for example, the PMI VectorWorks project, in collaboration with the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program, trained durability monitoring teams and collected 12-month data on nets in 300 households that received nets in 2016.

Country Activities

Bridging Logistical Gaps in Entomological Surveillance in Nigeria
In Nigeria, entomological surveillance is carried out by the PMI AIRS Project in six locations designated as sentinel sites across five ecological zones of the country. Located in rural communities, the sentinel sites were selected based on their high malaria burden. However, roads leading to these sentinel sites are often difficult to navigate during the rainy season when surveillance activities are at their peak. Thus, a cost-sharing mechanism with various State Ministries of Health is reducing the logistical costs during surveillance activities.

Music for Malaria Prevention
In Northern Uganda's Amolatar District, four young adults are dancing and singing to change the way their community views indoor residual spraying (IRS) and, in turn, improving the overall health of their communities. This musical troupe works as part of the Uganda PMI IRS Project: one as an IRS storekeeper and the other three as spray operators. The project, financed by PMI and DFID, encourages the engagement of youth in civil society and economic opportunities.

Implementing the "1-3-7" Approach for Malaria Elimination in Cambodia
Sampov Loun Operational District is located along the Cambodian-Thai border where malaria drug resistance has been documented. In close consultation with PMI and the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology, and Malaria, a basic essential package of activities for malaria pre-elimination using the "1-3-7" surveillance approach was designed for piloting in this district.

Electronic Data System in Ghana Improves Outreach Training and Supportive Supervision
To help Ghana's National Malaria Control Program collect standardized information and better assess health facility performance over time, PMI supported the introduction of a checklist that is completed by supervisors during their outreach training and supportive supervision (OTSS) visits.

Maximizing Performance in Malaria Laboratory Diagnosis in Zambézia Province, Mozambique
Data indicates that malaria was responsible for 45 percent of admissions and 28 percent of deaths at health centers in Zambézia Province, Mozambique. PMI is supporting activities with the Zambézia Provincial Health Directorate to improve the ability of laboratory technicians to properly identify and diagnose malaria.

New Resources

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

Indoor Residual Spraying

Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Nets

Entomological Monitoring

Malaria in Pregnancy

FY 2017 Malaria Operational Plans

Updated Funding Tables for Malaria Operational Plans



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