Stories From the Field

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