Stories From the Field

Recent trainees from Rwanda with a PARMA trainer. L–Rt: Zhiyong (Jane) Zhou, Tharcisse Munyaneza, and Madjidi Raifiki.
  • Nurse Rehema Ngonyani hands out a mosquito net recording the details of the clients, Jaffar Ismaeli Liyoyo, his wife Fatuma and their baby Noussofi. Photo credit: Riccardo Gangale/VectorWorks.

    Protecting Tanzania’s Most Vulnerable from Malaria

    Jun 2018
    In May 2016, the PMI-funded VectorWorks project partnered with the Government of Tanzania for the Chandarua Kliniki (Bednet at the Clinic) program to deliver insecticide-treated nets to pregnant women and children.
  • Malaria Focal Points review OTSS data and develop action plans during a Lessons Learned Workshop.

    PMI-supported Application Adopted by Tanzania NMCP as National Malaria Supervision Platform

    Jun 2018
    To improve the quality of malaria case management in Tanzania, MalariaCare worked closely with the Tanzanian National Malaria Control Program to implement outreach training and supportive supervision visits.
  • Ashura Abdalla welcomes PMI AIRS spray operators into her home.

    PMI Saves Lives in Zanzibar

    Jul 2017
    In 2006, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) began providing the Government of Zanzibar assistance in indoor residual spraying (IRS) to kill the mosquitoes that transmit the disease. Since PMI began spraying in 2006, the incidence of malaria has reduced from an average annual rate of 35% to less than 1%.
  • Laboratory technician working after receiving outreach training and supportive supervision. Photo credit: MalariaCare/Tanzania

    A Turning Point for Surubu Dispensary in the Fight against Malaria

    Jan 2017
    While malaria accounts for a staggering 40 percent of all outpatient visits in Tanzania, the local health facilities often face staff shortages and weak supply chains. To help address these gaps, MalariaCare trains supervisory staff from Tanzania’s National Malaria Control Program on providing outreach training and supportive supervision.
  • Supportive supervision teams face rugged terrain when visiting remote facilities like Mihale Dispensary. Photo credit: MalariaCare/Tanzania

    Going the Extra Mile to Support Tanzania’s Rural Health Facilities

    Jan 2017
    Tanzania’s predominantly rural population depends on remote facilities to provide for their basic health needs. Recognizing the importance of regular support and guidance at such locations, President’s Malaria Initiative-funded MalariaCare and Tanzania’s National Malaria Control Program support even the hardest to reach facilities.
  • Eliasia Sebastian, a Site Supervisor in Kwimba District, Mwanza, Tanzania, uses the smartphone to check daily performance. Credit: AIRS Tanzania

    Smartphones Enhance Supervision

    Sep 2016
    Successful indoor residual spraying (IRS) campaigns depend on close supervision to ensure safe and effective spray performance. Data generated on a daily basis enables supervisors to determine performance trends, track insecticide utilization rates and ensure adherence to operational standards
  • The Control Flow Valve was introduced in the 2016 AIRS Tanzania spray campaign. Credit: AIRS Tanzania

    Quality Control Improves Cost Efficiency

    Aug 2016
    The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has supported indoor residual spraying (IRS) in Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania since 2006 and 2007, respectively. IRS is an effective malaria control strategy which kills malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, thereby drastically reducing the number of mosquitoes that can transmit malaria in the targeted area.
  • Joyce Mwipangi, Spray Operator at Inala Site in Kwimba District, Mwanza, Tanzania, said the quasi community-based approach worked well for the 2016 campaign.

    New Approach to IRS Reduces Costs

    Aug 2016
    Indoor residual spraying (IRS) remains an effective strategy against malaria in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. With increased insecticide resistance and the rising cost of effective insecticides, the President’s Malaria Initiative Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (PMI AIRS) Project is finding innovative ways to reduce operations costs without compromising the quality of the spray.
  •   Children at Medi English Medium Primary School in Mtwara, Tanzania line up to receive their insecticide treated nets.  Photo credit: Vectorworks/Claire Gillum

    School Attendance Is Bolstered by the School Net Program in Tanzania

    Jun 2016
    In communities across Tanzania, malaria exacts a significant toll resulting in over 5,000 reported deaths per year, particularly among young children. Working with the Tanzanian government, the President's Malaria Initiative is distributing 500,000 ITNs to primary school children to protect them from malaria.
  • At a health facility in Tanzania, a supervisor provides feedback to staff after assessing performance. Photo credit: Dr. Goodluck Tesha, MalariaCare.

    Improving the Quality of Testing and Treating Malaria in Tanzania

    Jun 2016
    Up to 40% of all people reported to have malaria in Tanzania have not received a confirmatory diagnostic test. Recognizing the importance of accurate diagnosis, Tanzania is striving to ensure that all suspected malaria cases are tested using a RDT or microscopy, and treated appropriately.
  • Launch event of the pilot health facility–based ITN distribution in Mtwara, during which, the regional commissioner of Mtwara, Ms. Halima Dendego (left), handed out insecticide-treated nets to women.

    VectorWorks Partners with Tanzanian Government to Combat Malaria in Pregnancy

    Jun 2016
    Pregnant women are disproportionately affected by malaria. Fortunately, there are strategies to protect pregnant women and infants from malaria, namely provision and promotion of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) to pregnant women, administration of preventative treatment during pregnancy, and prompt treatment of malaria and anemia among pregnant women.
  • District Malaria Surveillance Officer Shabani Khamis uses the Coconut Surveillance system to respond to a malaria case reported by the Charawe Health Facility. Credit: RTI International

    Harnessing Innovation and Technology to Scale Up Malaria Case Notification in Zanzibar

    Aug 2015
    Efforts to control malaria in Zanzibar have yielded dramatic results, with malaria prevalence reaching 0.2 percent. Zanzibar’s success stems from a combination of highly effective malaria prevention and control interventions, including increased coverage of indoor residual spraying and insecticide-treated mosquito nets, as well as the use of robust surveillance and epidemic detection systems.
  • Students hold their new bed nets at Tanga Primary School, where 325 nets were distributed. Photo source: Hayley Gibson

    Tanzania Brings Grassroots Approach to Malaria Campaign

    Oct 2014
    Volunteers educate villagers, schoolchildren on malaria and bed nets.
  • Stakeholders attend the TVCSP-led eIDSR training in Bunda District. Source: RTI International

    Improving Data Collection and Reporting for Malaria Control in Tanzania

    Aug 2014

    Training from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Tanzania Vector Control Scale-up Project helps health care personnel enhance their understanding of electronic data transfer mechanisms and learn how to carry out electronic data transfers through mobile phones.

  • In Tazania, new graduates of the Tanzania Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) receive their diplomas. Source: Peter McElroy/PMI

    Tanzania Training Program Graduates First Cohort

    Aug 2011

    On December 11, 2010, the first cohort of 10 students graduated from the Tanzania Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP), a competency-based, two-year Master of Science program in Applied Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory Management.

  • Using a cell phone, a health worker enters data into Zanzibar’s early case detection and reporting system, made possible through a novel public-private partnership. Source: Hafidh Mohammed/RTI

    A Public-Private Partnership Helps to Contain Malaria Outbreaks on Zanzibar

    Apr 2009
    Malaria has declined to such low levels on Zanzibar that early detection and prompt reporting of malaria cases have become critical to prevent outbreaks.
  •  	Nyasa Tunga with her youngest boy, Ekyoci, who was treated and cured of malaria. Source: Kim Wylie/USAID

    ACTs Help Refugees Fight Malaria

    Aug 2008
    Nyasa Tunga lives in the Lugufu Refugee Camp in Kigoma Region, northwestern Tanzania. She is one of 67,006 Congolese living in Lugufu Refugee Camp, which are among the 118,189 Congolese women, men, and children currently living in Tanzania as a result of continuing unrest in their country.
  • Maimuna and her youngest daughter, Zainab, wait in line outside the Lukokoda Clinic in Tandahimba district of Mtwara region, Tanzania. Source: MEDA

    Maimuna's Story: Tanzania National Voucher Scheme (TNVS) Protects a Mother and Her Children

    Aug 2008
    In Tanzania, as in most of sub-Saharan Africa, malaria is the leading cause of death and sickness, killing well over 1 million people every year, the majority of them pregnant women and infants.
  • Health worker Francisca Lyoba gives soon-to-be mother Halima Athmani antimalaria medicine at an urban health care facility in Tanzania’s Morogoro district. Source: Karie Atkinson/USA

    Preventing Malaria in Pregnant Women in Tanzania Through Training Health Workers

    Aug 2008
    Francisca Lyoba, a health worker at an urban health center in Tanzania’s Morogoro District, is one of about 450 health workers across the country that had received training through U.S. assistance in how to give antimalarial medicine to pregnant women.
  • Mr. Godwin Bana reaches out to residents in the Kayanga ward of Karagwe district, Tanzania. Source: MEDA

    Reaching Out Through the Tanzania National Voucher Scheme

    Aug 2008
    Mr. Godwin Bana, a retailer from Kagera region in Tanzania, is a registered participant in the PMI-supported Tanzania National Voucher Scheme (TNVS).