Stories From the Field

Recent trainees from Rwanda with a PARMA trainer. L–Rt: Zhiyong (Jane) Zhou, Tharcisse Munyaneza, and Madjidi Raifiki.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • CITE Researcher and MIT Graduate Student Corinne Carland leads a focus group discussion on malaria rapid diagnostic tests.

    PMI, USAID's Global Development Lab, and MIT Collaborate to Improve Malaria Diagnosis in Uganda

    Aug 2018
    In Uganda’s private health care sector, diagnosis of malaria is often presumptive and patients receive neither a rapid diagnostic test nor microscopy - despite their proven effectiveness. To better understand why such powerful tools are not used, PMI teamed up with USAID's Global Development Lab and MIT in a groundbreaking research study.
  • Anthony Okello performing in Iyolwa sub-county, Tororo District. Photo credit: Laura McCarty.

    Music for Malaria Prevention

    Jul 2018
    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.
  • In 2017, USAID’s Malaria Action Program for Districts distributed 1,000,000 ITNs to 1,978,114 persons in three districts in Uganda.

    Delivering Nets at the Last Mile: Success Through Promoting a Culture of Net Use

    Jul 2018
    In February and March 2017, USAID’s Malaria Action Program for Districts distributed 1,000,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to 1,978,114 persons in three districts in Uganda.
  • A Ugandan health worker uses WhatsApp to communicate with their team.

    Innovations in Net Distribution Coordination: the Use of WhatsApp

    Jun 2018

    Learn how innovative use of WhatsApp during the February 2017 Ugandan universal net coverage campaign led to improved central coordination, efficient decision-making, and improved information sharing.

  • Bukinda village members receive training from Pharaoh on how to prevent malaria transmission in their homes.

    Community Health Workers Chase Out Malaria in Uganda

    Mar 2018
    A well-trained health workforce is essential to achieving PMI’s objectives and goal, which is why the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative supports the training, equipping, and supervising of community health workers like Kasyonga Pharaoh, a 29-year-old voluntary community health worker in Bukinda, Uganda.
  • Anthony Okello performing in Iyolwa sub-county, Tororo District

    Music for Malaria Prevention

    Aug 2017
    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.
  • IRS Technician Stella Nakigoonya collects mosquitoes for a pyrethrum spray catch count. Photo: Laura McCarty

    Uganda’s Brain Gain in Entomology

    Aug 2017
    Evidence-based research and routine monitoring are essential to sound malaria control programming. Understanding the behavior of the mosquitoes that carry malaria requires precise data on the vector’s density, feeding time, location, and its resistance to insecticides.
  • Dr. Richard Nyeko, Chief of Pediatrics, has worked at Lacor Hospital in Uganda for more than a decade. Today IRS and other malaria interventions have reduced the facility’s malaria caseload by more than 90 percent. Credit: Melinda Ojermark, Abt Associates

    Using Indoor Residual Spraying to Win a Battle against Malaria in Northern Uganda

    Aug 2015
    In 2009, the Uganda Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) Project Phase II – began conducting IRS in the area. The project is funded by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • Uganda concluded a mass ITN campaign in 2014 with the distribution of more than 22 million ITNs.   Credit: Kim Burns Case, Stop Malaria Project

    Protecting Ugandans from Malaria: Universal ITN Coverage Campaign

    Aug 2015
     To protect the most vulnerable populations  from malaria-carrying mosquitoes,PMI and the Global Fund have supported the Uganda Government to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets through antenatal facilities.
  • Chart showing a decrease in the malaria burden in Uganda.

    Malaria Burden Decreases in Uganda

    May 2015
    Uganda is making great strides in reducing its malaria burden. According to preliminary results from the 2014–2015 Malaria Indicator Survey, the prevalence of parasitemia in children under five years of age has declined by 55 percent, from 42 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2014.
  • Melody Miles, President’s Malaria Initiative team at CDC

    Fresh Voices From the Field—Reaching for Zero Malaria Deaths: a Story From Uganda

    Apr 2013
    As a member of the President’s Malaria Initiative team at CDC, I support malaria efforts in Uganda, where 42% of children are infected with the malaria parasite.
  • Okello PE, Van Bortel W, Byaruhanga AM, et al. 2006. Variation in malaria transmission intensity in seven sites throughout Uganda. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 75:219-25

    IRS Demonstrates Malaria Reduction in Northern Uganda

    Apr 2012
    Since its launch in Uganda in 2006, PMI has supported implementation of a high quality IRS program in Northern Uganda’s 10 districts, an area of intense malaria transmission.
  • A volunteer helps a family hang their new long-lasting ITN. Source: Dan Albrecht/MEDA

    PMI Helps Protect All at Risk of Malaria

    Aug 2011
    Although the most effective and equitable way to reach universal coverage quickly is through mass distribution of free nets, these campaigns are extremely labor intensive, requiring months of planning and coordination with partners, ranging from the large multilateral organizations to local NGOs.
  • Schoolchildren dance during the celebration of the kickoff of the Global Fund LLIN campaign, on World Malaria Day 2010. Source USAID/Uganda

    Protecting Ugandans from Malaria with Long-Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets

    Jul 2010
    In Uganda, malaria is the leading cause of illness and death.
  •  	Local members of Village Health teams served as spray operators in Northern Uganda. Source: Abt Associates Inc.

    IRS on Wheels

    Jul 2010
    Malaria is the leading threat to the health of Uganda's population and, according to the Ministry of Health, is responsible for approximately 40 percent of outpatient visits, 25 percent of inpatient visits, and nearly half of all deaths in children under five.
  • Steven taking his first dose of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) at the hospital with a cup of water -- treatment for three days will completely eliminate the malaria parasites from his body. Source: Karie Atkinson/USAID

    Antimalarial Drugs Cure Ugandan Boy of Malaria

    Aug 2008

    Health workers in Uganda are getting on-the-job training in how to properly manage artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), considered among the most effective ways today to cure people who have been diagnosed with malaria.

  • Photo of Komakec an d his mother.

    PMI Gives Komakec's Family Hope

    Aug 2008
    At the beginning of March 2006, 15-month old Komakec Emanuel from Uganda got very sick. His mother Oroma Monica took him to the local health clinic near where they live in Ongako Internally Displaced Camp (IDP) in Gulu district in northern Uganda.
  • Atsa Namuy Omba, Ugandan mother of three. Source: Jimmy Nyambok/USAID

    Net Retreatment Reduces Malaria in Ugandan Family

    Oct 2006
    Atsa Namuy Omba, a mother of three, can now sleep at night knowing that her re-treated mosquito nets are protecting her children.