Stories From the Field

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

  • Tsitsi Kupangwa was first hired by the PMI AIRS Project in 2015,  Since then, she’s been promoted twice and now serves as a team leader, supervising four IRS spray operators.

    Cost Benefits of IRS Go beyond Malaria Reduction

    Nov 2017

    In the small village of Chitakatira in Zimbabwe’s eastern Manicaland Province, Tsitsi Kupangwa has worked as a community health volunteer (CHV) for the past nine years, relying on her income through farming to support her family. 

  • IRS is helping to reduce the burden of malaria in Benin. The PMI AIRS Project is working to ensure the gains made in malaria control continue even after IRS is withdrawn from targeted areas.

    Gaining Ground on Malaria Control

    Nov 2017
    The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has conducted indoor residual spraying (IRS) in Benin since 2008, resulting in significant reductions in malaria transmission in those areas sprayed.
  • A community health volunteer (CHV) with the USAID Mikolo Project - part of the frontline of malaria elimination in Madagascar.

    Community Health Volunteers Combat Malaria in Madagascar

    Oct 2017

    In Madagascar, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative supports over 6,800 community health volunteers (CHVs), and works towards helping eliminate malaria through awareness raising, prevention, treatment, and epidemiologic surveillance. CHVs are on the frontlines of this effort, saving the lives of thousands of people in villages across Madagascar.

  • Villagers in Nakhayom applaud at an event to distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated bednets. Photo Credit: Athit Chanthalath, USAID

    Bednets Dramatically Reduce Malaria Cases in Laos

    Aug 2017

    USAID, through support from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, promotes the use of long-lasting insecticide-treated bednets. Since 2011, USAID has funded and distributed 445,000 nets, 380,000 diagnostic tests, and 58,000 antimalarial treatments in Laos.

  • 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