Stories From the Field

Recent trainees from Rwanda with a PARMA trainer. L–Rt: Zhiyong (Jane) Zhou, Tharcisse Munyaneza, and Madjidi Raifiki.
  • An entomology technician at the Oyo State sentinel site prepares for the nightly mosquito catch using a CDC Light Trap. Photo credit: Okeke Ifeanyi Joseph

    Bridging Logistical Gaps in Entomological Surveillance in Nigeria

    Aug 2017
    In Nigeria, entomological surveillance is currently being carried out by the PMI AIRS Project in six locations designated as sentinel sites across five ecological zones of the country.
  • 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.
  • 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%.
  • Osman Salamatu was the first beneficiary to receive IRS in the 2017 campaign in Karaga District in Northern Ghana. Photo: Lena Kolyada.

    PMI AIRS Returns to Ghana’s Karaga District

    Jul 2017
    In the northern region of Ghana, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project returned to Karaga District in 2017 after four years. 
  • Alberto Luis Paposseco examines slides for malaria parasites. Photo credit: Dércio Alface, Jhpiego, MCSP.

    Maximizing Performance in Malaria Laboratory Diagnosis in Zambézia Province, Mozambique

    Apr 2017
    Data indicates that malaria was responsible for 45 percent of admissions and 28 percent of deaths at health centers in Zambézia Province, Mozambique. PMI is supporting activities with the Zambézia Provincial Health Directorate to improve the ability of laboratory technicians to properly identify and diagnose malaria.
  • Laboratory worker examining samples through a microsope. Credit: Riccardo Gangale.

    Electronic Data System in Ghana Improves Outreach Training and Supportive Supervision

    Apr 2017
    To help Ghana's National Malaria Control Program collect standardized information and better assess health facility performance over time, PMI supported the introduction of a checklist that is completed by supervisors during their outreach training and supportive supervision (OTSS) visits. 
  • Photo credit: Pearl Gan, OUCRU, EORCU and the Wellcome Trust

    Eliminating Malaria in Thailand: The Need for a Single National Malaria Information System

    Apr 2017
    With support from PMI, Thailand’s BVBD (Bureau of Vector Borne Diseases) has developed a new software application that consolidates data from the vertical system with the General Health Service’s system into a single surveillance system.
  • Mr. Om Bunthy tests a woman for malaria. Photo credit: CAP Malaria.

    Implementing the “1-3-7” Approach for Malaria Elimination in Cambodia

    Apr 2017
    Sampov Loun Operational District is located along the Cambodian-Thai border where malaria drug resistance has been documented.  In close consultation with PMI and the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology, and Malaria, a basic essential package of activities for malaria pre-elimination using the "1-3-7" surveillance approach was designed for piloting in this district.
  • Festus Akun laying under a mosquito net. Photo credit: Sarah Hoibak, VectorWorks, Courtesy of Photoshare.

    “My Net Is My Friend” – the Story of a Ghanaian Primary School Child

    Apr 2017

    Festus Akun is a 9-year-old student at Amanhyia Roman Catholic Primary School in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Like many other children in Ghana, Festus now rests safe and sound, protected from mosquitoes because he sleeps under an insecticide-treated mosquito net. 

  • Miriam Banda, a nurse midwife at the Kafumbwe Rural Health Center in the Katete District of Zambia.

    A Nurse’s Work Is Never Done: A Frontline Healthworker’s Story

    Apr 2017
    The availability of high-quality, inexpensive rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) has transformed the diagnosis and management of childhood illnesses in Zambia and across Africa, allowing for the rapid prescription of life-saving treatment, particularly for children.
  • Adrian Banda, headman of Kalinde village in Katete District, Zambia, is also a community health worker and malaria volunteer.

    Community Health Workers Serve as Lifelines to Malaria Services

    Apr 2017
    Frontline health workers like Adrian are often the first, and sometimes only, providers of health services essential to child and maternal survival, like diagnosing and treating malaria.
  • Dorica, a local entrepreneur in the Katete District of Zambia, lost her first child to malaria.

    Improving Access to Malaria Treatment: A Grandmother’s Story

    Apr 2017
    Since 2007, PMI has been working with Zambia’s National Malaria Control Program and other partners to scale up malaria prevention tools in the country.
  • NMCP’s Deputy Director interviews an IRS beneficiary for quality assurance of the spray campaign.

    Collaboration Builds Capacity in IRS

    Apr 2017

    In Madagascar, where the entire population is at risk of contracting malaria, the PMI AIRS Project is building the capacity of the government to deliver high-quality spraying through trainings and collaborative meetings

  • The PMI AIRS Project worked with trusted members of the community, including traditional kings and local authorities, to develop an advocacy work plan for their commune, resulting in a 93.5% coverage.

    Trust in Tradition

    Mar 2017
    The PMI AIRS Project worked with trusted members communities in Madagascar, including traditional kings and local authorities, to develop an advocacy work plan for their commune, resulting in a 93.5% coverage.
  • Dr. Abdullahi Yayaha, a PMI AIRS trained entomologist, carries out insecticide resistance studies at the Usmanu Danfodyio University Entomology Laboratory. Photo Credit: Okeke Ifeanyi Joseph

    Closing Nigeria’s Entomology Knowledge Gap

    Mar 2017
    The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying Project (AIRS) in Nigeria is helping to increase the knowledge around the behavior of the malaria-carrying vector, the anopheline species, by training entomologists and malaria vector control experts in universities and national malaria control programs. 
  • The PMI AIRS Project facilitated the disposal of 119 tons of obsolete DDT.

    PMI Helps Ethiopia Clean Up Hazardous Waste

    Mar 2017
    To help Ethiopia safely dispose of DDT, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project facilitated training, collection, transboundary permits, offshore shipment, and incineration of the waste in Poland. 
  • 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.
  • Amadou Bakhao Diaw, Photo credit: Joanna Sherif, USAID

    Watching Senegal’s Health and Wealth Ascend After Malaria Cases Drop

    Jan 2017
    FrontLines sat down with Amadou Bakhao Diaw recently to discuss the region’s progress in malaria control but got much more: Diaw shared a personal perspective, including his recollections of a painful past and the hopeful future that is shaping up for his country as malaria slowly fades from memory.