Stories From the Field

Recent trainees from Rwanda with a PARMA trainer. L–Rt: Zhiyong (Jane) Zhou, Tharcisse Munyaneza, and Madjidi Raifiki.
  • 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.
  • The PMI AIRS Project in Senegal scaled up IRS at a reduced cost with the help of community involvement in Malem Hoddar District. The community donated horses and carts to transport spray operators. Photo: PMI AIRS Senegal

    Community Takes Ownership of IRS

    Dec 2016

    In Senegal, the President’s Malaria Initiative Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (PMI AIRS) Project, with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), piloted a community-based IRS (CB-IRS) effort in Malem Hoddar District to reduce costs, such as vehicle rental, material storage, and personnel. 

  • A woman works on converting insecticide bottles to paving stones.  Photo: PMI AIRS Benin

    Paving the Way

    Dec 2016

    The PMI AIRS Project in Benin works with a local recycling center to turn empty insecticide bottles into paving stones. 

  • Mr. Nwachukwu seventh from the right with his laboratory staff and the PQM team during one of the trainings in Agulu Photo credit: USP/PQM Staff

    Nigerian Zonal Laboratory Moves toward International Accreditation

    Oct 2016
    PMI is currently helping to prepare Agulu zonal laboratory to receive a final accreditation audit from the American National Standards Institute ‒ American Society for Quality (ANSI‒ASQ) National Accreditation Board. If successful, the Agulu zonal laboratory will be one of few laboratories in the world to achieve accreditation in a record time of six months.
  • Pregnant woman and child nap inside an LLIN, HC3 Photo by JHU/HC3 project

    Mass Media Activities Increase Insecticide-Treated Nets Use in Nigeria

    Oct 2016
    Since 2014, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has supported the National Malaria Elimination Program in Nigeria to implement a comprehensive, evidence-based social behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy.
  • Mallam Abubakar Abdulahi, conducting mRDT for a child reporting with suspected malaria fever

    Improving Malaria Case Management with Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Rural Health Care Settings in Nigeria

    Oct 2016
    In 2014, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) began supporting Kebbi State to reduce the burden of malaria through the Malaria Action Programme for States (MAPS) project.
  • Children in Gwantar, Nigeria. Photo credit: Okeke Ifeanyi Joseph, AIRS Nigeria Database Manager

    Nigerian Children Join the Fight against Malaria

    Oct 2016
    The children in the community now understand the importance of regularly sleeping under insecticide-treated bed nets and have taken it upon themselves to keep their environment and surroundings clean by carrying out cleaning themselves or urging the adults to assist with such efforts. 
  • The PMI AIRS Project arranged for the transfer of nearly 13,000 bendiocarb sachets to a district that was able to use the insecticide in this year’s spray campaign. Photo: AIRS Ethiopia

    Waste Not, Want Not

    Oct 2016
    In 2015–2016, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project supported the disposal of some 115 tons of DDT in PMI-supported districts to ensure the safety of the population and the environment
  • 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.
  • Children at the Ghana Education Service launch event. Photo credit: Vector Works

    Ghana Launches Campaign to Deliver Insecticide-Treated Nets to Schoolchildren

    Jun 2016
    On May 23, 2016, the Ghana Education Service launched a country-wide campaign to distribute insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) to 1.2 million children in over 14,000 public and private primary schools in the Volta, Eastern, Central, Western, Ashanti, and Brong Ahafo regions of the country.
  • AIRS Senegal Operations Manager Dr. Ndombour Cisse - Photo - AIRS Senegal

    PMI AIRS Malaria Fighter: Dr. Ndombour Cisse

    Jun 2016

    Dr. Ndombour Gning Cisse began working on the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project in Senegal in 2011 as Spray Operations Coordinator. In 2014, she was promoted to Operations Manager and now leads the management of spray operations in target districts, working with the National Malaria Control Program. In 2015, she took on the additional role of AIRS Senegal’s Gender Focal Person. Dr. Cisse is a PhD in Animal Biology and holds an MBA in Project Management.

  • Judy Chisimba, PMI AIRS Team Leader, checks her balance with mobile service provider AIRTEL.

    Mobile Payments Increase Women’s Economic Power

    Apr 2016
    In 2015, the PMI AIRS Project implemented a mobile banking system in Zambia for its seasonal workers, providing risk-free, safe and reliable payments.
  • The PMI AIRS Project promotes the role of women in spray operations, improving their overall economic power in the household with additional income.

    Women’s Participation in IRS Improves Income Opportunities, Community Acceptance

    Apr 2016
    In Zambia’s northwest Luapula Province, where more than 80 percent of the population falls under the poverty line and 100 percent is at risk of contracting malaria, the PMI AIRS Project is helping women to tap into new income-generating opportunities while protecting people from the disease.