Stories From the Field

Recent trainees from Rwanda with a PARMA trainer. L–Rt: Zhiyong (Jane) Zhou, Tharcisse Munyaneza, and Madjidi Raifiki.
  • Many roads are inaccessible making deliveries almost impossible for hard to reach areas. Boat transfers of commodities allows for on-site distribution. Photo Credit: Youssoufa Sali – MTA (3PL Company)

    GIS Tracking System Ensures a Successful SMC Campaign in Cameroon

    Nov 2019
    In Cameroon, rugged terrain and remote locations can make delivery of life-saving malaria interventions difficult. PMI, in collaboration with Cameroon’s National Malaria Control Program, have an innovative solution - use smartphones and a geographic information system to track and ensure delivery of critical medications to one million children.
  • U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, visits the Vector-Borne Disease Insectary and Laboratory during its grand opening in Makeni. Photo by Ramlat Jose, PMI.

    Sierra Leone’s First Vector-Borne Disease Insectary and Laboratory

    Oct 2019
    Knowledge is power in defending against an infectious disease like malaria and the mosquitoes that spread it. Sierra Leone has a new tool in this fight: the country’s very first, fully-functional Vector-Borne Disease Insectary and Laboratory (VBDIL).
  • Credit: Kathryn Malhotra for PMI Impact Malaria, Mali, 2019.

    Preventing Childhood Malaria in Africa During the Rainy Season

    Oct 2019
    In countries like Cameroon, Mali, and Niger, the rainy season means mosquitoes - and malaria. Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) is a campaign-style intervention that involves giving an antimalarial medicine at monthly intervals for a maximum of four months during the rainy season when malaria transmission spikes and children are most vulnerable.
  • A 45m2 prefabricated pharmacy storage unit with solar power at Chakhaza health center in Dowa district, Malawi. Photo Credit: Resolve Solution Partners

    New Storage Facilities Improve Supply Management and Security in Malawian Health Facilities

    Sep 2019
    In Zomba, Malawi, the tiny storage room for community health supplies was too small to serve the surrounding community of 45,000 people. Learn how the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative and its partners added more than 14,000 square meters of quality storage space to Malawi’s health facilities.
  • Burkinabe triplets receive insecticide-treated mosquito nets funded by PMI to protect them against malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. Photo Credit: Allison Belemvire

    The Fight Against the Mighty Mosquito

    Aug 2019
    One of the most deadly creatures, the mosquito, may be small, but it is powerful. These insects can carry deadly and debilitating illnesses. The mosquito’s ability to quickly infect and spread disease among millions of people each year makes it a top priority for the U.S. Government and partner countries.
  • PMI VectorLink IRS Site Manager, Agbethia Malenga. Photo by Laura McCarty/PMI VectorLink.

    Women Lead the Way in Malawi’s Insecticide Spray Operations

    Aug 2019
    In Malawi, women like Agbethia Malenga played a key role in helping the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) VectorLink Project successfully carry out that country’s first indoor residual spray campaign since 2012.
  • Community health worker Maxime Ako tests Rose Monni’s 32-month-old son Israel for malaria in their village in Benin. Photo by Janviette Hounnou for BUPDOS.

    Bringing Free Malaria Treatment to Village Children

    Jul 2019
    In southwestern Benin, community health workers provide critical services to defend children against malaria. These local health workers can supply free malaria care for children under five to once-remote villages through a Government of Benin program supported with funding from the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative.
  • PMI funding trained pharmacists at St. Euphrasia Hospital in Cotonou, Benin, on the national supply chain system for health commodities, enabling them to access subsidized malaria medicines and other supplies. Photo by ARM3

    PMI Funds Win-Win Pilot to Improve Malaria Care in Benin's Private Health System

    Jul 2019
    In sub-Saharan Africa, top-quality malaria medicines are now available at very low prices. As both a major buyer of these lifesaving treatments and a funder of healthcare training, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) plays a vital role in ensuring access to essential care in nations dealing with the challenge of malaria.
  • 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.