Stories From the Field

Recent trainees from Rwanda with a PARMA trainer. L–Rt: Zhiyong (Jane) Zhou, Tharcisse Munyaneza, and Madjidi Raifiki.
  • Refugees take up administrative and community leadership roles to govern the camp and liaise with outside groups, such as PMI VectorLink Project. Photo by Cheyenne Cook/PMI VectorLink.

    Protecting Refugees from Malaria in Rwanda

    Jun 2019
    In 2017, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) VectorLink Project started conducting annual indoor residual spray campaigns in Mahama Refugee Camp. At one time, the camp was responsible for 50% of the malaria cases in the Kirehe District of Rwanda - but the spray campaign reduced the prevalence of malaria in the camp by nearly 90%.
  • Cambodian military health workers distribute ITNs. Photo by Chris Norman/GHSC-PSM

    Cambodia’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment Collaborate to Stop the Spread of Malaria

    May 2019
    Cambodia has made great progress in controlling malaria over the last decade. However, elimination of malaria will require addressing malaria prevention in the forests and protected areas.
  • A VOA reporter interviews Ruth Kigozi, Dr. Jimmy Opigo, and Byoona Eriachim Ntairaho during their trip to Washington DC.

    Ugandan Partners Visit DC to Talk About the Effect of U.S. Support, Malaria Smart Schools

    May 2019
    On May 7, 2019, U.S. government leaders and health advocates met on Capitol Hill for a reception celebrating U.S. commitments to fighting malaria. The esteemed speakers ― including four senators and a house member ― emphasized the importance of U.S. commitment and leadership in eliminating malaria. But the final speaker, Dr. Jimmy Opingo, manager of Uganda’s National Malaria Control Program, brought a unique and personal perspective to the evening.
  • This guard house is one example of what can be built with the planks of wood made from The cardboard boxes used to transport insecticide bottles.

    Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose – Turning IRS Trash into Treasure

    Apr 2019
    Indoor residual spray campaigns are an important part of malaria prevention, but these campaigns also generate large amounts of waste. To combat this waste, PMI-supported projects have partnered with local private companies and nonprofits in order to reduce and repurpose campaign byproducts. These repurposing efforts have benefited local economies as well as the environment.
  • Mariame Dalanda Barry stands with other community health workers

    Mariame: A Guinean star in her community for her work in malaria prevention

    Apr 2019
    In Guinea’s battle with malaria, the country’s most burdensome communicable disease, “community relays” are on the frontlines. These community health workers educate communities, test people with fever for malaria, and treat uncomplicated cases or send them to the nearest health facility. One community relay leading the charge in her village is Mariame Dalanda Barry.
  • A girl displays some harvested caterpillars in Mporokoso District. Photo by Francis Mwangata.

    Scheduling Spray Operations Around Caterpillar Hunting in Zambia

    Mar 2019
    To reduce the spread of the disease, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) VectorLink Project supports the Zambia government to implement indoor residual spraying (IRS)
  • Kanyarat Lausatianragit collects blood for malaria testing. Photo Credit: Sisaket Provincial Public Health Department

    Promoting Health on the Road and Online: Thai Woman Champions Malaria Elimination

    Mar 2019
    With funding from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners provide training on how to use Thailand’s malaria surveillance system to test, diagnose and follow-up on cases to ensure complete treatment and to monitor coverage of bednets for malaria prevention. 
  • Justice Murisa poses with a fellow warner’s motorcycle. Photo by Bridget Higginbotham/PMI.

    Mobilizing Against Mosquitos by Motorcycle

    Mar 2019
    Motorcycles are important tools in the rural landscape, as they help health workers notify families that spray operators will come to treat homes for mosquitos. In Zimbabwe, they are called "warners", and Justice Murisa is 1 of 11 warners working on the 2018 indoor residual spray (IRS) campaign in the Mutoko District of the Mashonaland East Province.
  • Coffee farmers in Rwanda receive calendars from the STOMPing Out Malaria team.

    Check your Calendar: Peace Corps Volunteers Push Accompaniment in Malaria Prevention Activities

    Feb 2019
    Peace Corps volunteers from STOMPing Out Malaria in Rwanda worked with the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative in developing strategies to drive home their message to the local farmers: preventing malaria is an investment.
  • Young mother Serina Karerahonye is one of many who benefited from the Chikunda language audiobook.

    Audiobook on Malaria Brings Life-saving Information to Chikunda-speaking Mothers

    Feb 2019

    In a region of Zimbabwe with low literacy rates and a minority language, community members came together with experts from the ZAPIM project to create an audiobook about malaria prevention and treatment in their own language. 

  • Humphrey Chiwariro district pharmacy manager, Edson Muchemwa, essential medicines logistics officer, and sister Neddy Chikomo conduct an EUV survey in Nyikavanhu. Photo credit: GHSC-PSM

    Right Place, Right Time: Adapting End-use Verification Surveys for Seasonal Malaria Transmission

    Feb 2019
    Zimbabwe is making big changes to the way it collects data. End-use verification (EUV) surveys provide a snapshot of how health facilities are managing malaria.
  • Zimbabwe's lush landscape provides fertile ground for mosquitos

    My Net, My Life: Zimbabweans Bear the Elements but Avoid Malaria’s Bite

    Feb 2019
    In the wild, infested areas of Mbire, Zimbabwe, suffering from malaria was once the norm. Many farmers spend six to eight months in temporary homes along the rivers, guarding their crops from wildlife in sweltering heat so their families can eat. The My Net, My Life campaign provides lifesaving insecticide-treated nets to protect them against malaria.
  • Recent trainees from Rwanda with a PARMA trainer. L–Rt: Zhiyong (Jane) Zhou, Tharcisse Munyaneza, and Madjidi Raifiki.

    Rising Up Against Resistance

    Jan 2019
    PARMA trains visiting African scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) malaria laboratory to quickly spot and respond to the signs of drug-resistant malaria strains.
  • A community mobilizer, tasked with alerting and sensitizing the community of the malaria campaign, poses with his megaphone. Photo credit: UNICEF

    Donors, Community Mobilize to Combat Malaria During DRC Ebola Epidemic

    Dec 2018

    Beni Health Zone is in North Kivu, an area of DRC that has been rife with military conflict since the mid-2000s, and now the epicenter of the country’s largest ever Ebola outbreak—second only globally to the devastating West Africa outbreak of 2014–2016.

  • A pregnant mother and father smiling

    GOOOOALLLLL! Using FIFA World Cup to Improve Malaria Prevention

    Dec 2018

    Having found that football can effectively engage young men around malaria messaging, MAPD is now planning a nine-month-long second phase of the intervention, built around Premier League football matches.

  • Ghana SWAT’s 2018 STOMP conference emphasized how community engagement, ownership, and action are critical to malaria control and ultimate elimination.

    Ghana Hosts First Country-specific Peace Corps Volunteer Malaria Training

    Dec 2018
    Over the years, the Peace Corps STOMP program, with PMI support, has trained and sent more than 800 specialized malaria-prevention volunteers to serve in communities across Africa. STOMP’s goals include grassroot work, collaborating with partners, and sharing knowledge. 
  • A woman marks a register book with her fingerprint to acknowledge receipt of insecticide-treated nets

    Mass Distribution of Nets Underway in Malawi

    Nov 2018
    About 10.9 million nets, donated by the Global Fund and the Against Malaria Foundation, are being distributed nationwide. The campaign is a massive undertaking, requiring participation and collaboration across government sectors; national, district and community levels; and donors and implementing partners.
  • After seeing the show, 9th grader Nurudeen Abubakar, pledges to keep safe from malaria by always sleeping under a mosquito net.

    Suspense, Intrigue, Family, and Drama: TV’s Take on Malaria

    Nov 2018
    Newman Street is more than just a TV show: It is a powerful tool equipping Nigerians with the ability to make decisions on social and health issues like malaria.
  • Regis Magauzi - U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (Zimbabwe)

    Local Talent Central to Success of PMI Zimbabwe

    Nov 2018
    For 16 years, Regis Magauzi worked in public health at the national, provincial and district level of government, including malaria coordination at the district level. Now he serves as one of PMI’s 40 fully-funded Foreign Service Nationals - the largest portion of USAID’s workforce and are local hires who are usually of the same nationality as the host country.
  • A door of a household that has been registered for the mass net distribution, the national census, and the IRS campaign.

    Women and Government Show Strong Leadership in Malawi IRS Campaign

    Oct 2018
    After six years, PMI in Malawi isnow able to restart their indoor residual spraying support, thanks to the procurement of affordable, long-lasting insecticides and the dedicated support of women and government leaders who made ending malaria a priority.