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%.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mahama Refugee Camp. Photo credit: UNHCR Rwanda

    Rwanda Expands IRS to Refugee Camp

    Jan 2018
    Since the opening of the Mahama Refugee Camp by the Government of Rwanda and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2015, Mahama Refugee Camp has become a model settlement that sets the standard for other refugee camps in the country and beyond.

  • In Rwanda, spray operators learn how to pressurize the spray pumps that are used to apply insecticides to walls during indoor residual spraying (IRS) operations. Credit: AIRS Rwanda

    Building Blocks for Malaria Prevention in Rwanda

    Sep 2015
    Strengthening the capacity of national malaria control programs in Africa to manage indoor residual spraying (IRS) programs is a key component of the PMI-funded Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) project. PMI initiated a country capacity assessment of IRS planning and implementation for Rwanda, which led to a capacity development plan.
  • Image of the new Entomological Laboratory for Malaria Control in Kigali, Rwanda.

    Rwanda Inaugurates New Entomological Laboratory for Malaria Control

    Sep 2015
    Progress in malaria control requires a deep understanding and knowledge of the mosquitoes carrying the disease. To help malaria-endemic countries make evidence-based decisions for the implementation of malaria interventions, the PMI-supported Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project partnered with the Rwandan Ministry of Health’s Malaria and Other Parasitic Diseases Division (MOPDD) to establish Rwanda’s first modern-day entomological laboratory.
  • U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Eric Wong, distributes an insecticide-treated mosquito net to mothers and children attending the launch of the ITN distribution campaign in Bugesera District, Rwanda. Credit: Amani Athar/USAID

    PMI Supports ITN Distribution Campaign in High-burden Districts in Rwanda

    May 2015
    In Rwanda, PMI is expanding coverage of three highly effective prevention and treatment measures: insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying with insecticides, and prompt treatment for those who have been diagnosed with malaria. 
  • Participants in the gender training workshop will share what they’ve learned to promote gender equity in their projects.

    Breaking the Glass Ceiling Starts at the Ground Level

    Apr 2015
    A gender training workshop in Rwanda works to ensure equity for women and men in PMI’s IRS country programs.
  • A Rwandan spray operator carefully records her spray activities. Source: Erin Schiavone, Abt Associates

    Rwandan Women Leading the Fight against Malaria

    Apr 2014
    In most countries, IRS is often perceived as an activity implemented by men. In Rwanda, traditional gender roles are shifting as women are becoming more involved in IRS activities.
  • Gisagara District Mayor presenting his speech to the participants.

    Progress Against Malaria in Rwanda

    Jan 2014
    Approximately one in five outpatients tested positive for malaria in Gisagara District, Rwanda from January to August 2013.
  •  	Bugesera vice-mayor Narumanzi Leonille awards a certificate of appreciation to a local leader, in recognition of her efforts to support IRS activities. Source: Abt Associates

    Local Leadership Contributes to IRS Success in Rwanda

    Oct 2013
    When it comes to indoor residual spraying (IRS), the more people supporting it means more homes are sprayed, and more people are protected from malaria.
  • Community health workers practice using RDTs during a training in Gasabo District, Kigali Province. Source: MCHIP

    Community Health Workers Empowered to use RDTs in Rwanda

    Oct 2013
    Prior to 2005, malaria was the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Rwanda, with periodic epidemic outbreaks in the high altitude areas.
  • Isaac Munkotanyi (center), who has suffered from malaria many times, recovered quickly after being treated with the ACT artemether-lumefantrine, marketed under the brand name PRIMO. Source: PSI Rwanda

    Rolling Out ACTs in the Private Sector in Rwanda

    Apr 2009
    John and Lydia Munkotanyi live in Rwanda with their five-year-old son Isaac, who has suffered from malaria many times.
  • "Since the house was sprayed no one has been sick." Source: USAID/Rwanda

    Indoor Residual Spraying Protects Mother and Children in Rwanda

    Aug 2008
    Kyankazi lives in a modest home with her six children on the outskirts of Kigali, Rwanda. The house is located in Kicukiro District, a malaria-endemic area where lives have been unnecessarily lost due to the disease.
  • Deborah and her daughter, Vanessa, in Rwanda Source: Population Services International

    Proper Treatment of Malaria Made Easier With PRIMO

    Aug 2008

    "If your child's temperature increases, please immediately take him or her to receive PRIMO," urged Deborah, a mother of an 8-month-old daughter who recently suffered from malaria. "I can assure you, this medicine is effective and saves children's lives – I was witness to it."

  • "When your child gets sick, day or night, you can get health care quickly and help your children." Source: USAID/Rwanda

    Saving Lives Begins in the Community

    Aug 2008
    Mukamusoni is a mother of four children living in Kirehe District in eastern Rwanda, an area prone to malaria outbreaks. When her children develop symptoms of malaria, she depends on community health workers for treatment.