Stories From the Field

Recent trainees from Rwanda with a PARMA trainer. L–Rt: Zhiyong (Jane) Zhou, Tharcisse Munyaneza, and Madjidi Raifiki.
  • 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.
  • In a number of PMI focus countries, mobile phones are being used to report data and pay spray operators, helping to improve efficiency in IRS programs.

    Integrating Mobile Technology into Project Implementation: Improving Efficiency in Malaria Control Operations

    Jan 2016
    The PMI Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project protects millions of people in Africa from malaria by spraying insecticide on the walls, ceilings, and other indoor resting places of mosquitoes that transmit malaria.
  • From Left: Project Director Brad Lucas, PMI AIRS Lead Allison Belemvire, AIRS Mali Entomological Coordinator Moussa Cisse, AIRS Mali Chief of Party Elie Bankineza and AIRS Mali Operations Manager Seydou Traoré

    AIRS Mali Wins $50,000 for E-Inventory Innovation

    Dec 2015
    The President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying Project’s (AIRS) Mali country program was recently awarded the Grand Prize of PMI’s Innovation Challenge for better management of insecticide inventory. 
  • Mrs.Addisie Eskeziaw Melesse is a witness of the increased bed net utilization in her community.

    Students Singing for No More Malaria

    Dec 2015

    A PMI-funded social and behavioral change communication project targeting 25 kebeles used students and religious leaders as agents of change to help mitigate the problem of malaria in Dera woreda

  • Sayish Molla Admasu, as a result of the strategy, now regularly sleeps under a bed net.

    Household Incentives for Bed Nets

    Dec 2015
    To prevent and control malaria at Mierafemaraim kebele in Dera woreda, a social and behavioral change communication project is underway. The program uses peer education and other in-school behavioral change communications strategies to raise students’ awareness of key malaria action messages.
  • Abrham Nigussie uses a bed net and other malaria prevention actions as a result of this intervention.

    Breakthrough in Malaria Prevention

    Dec 2015
    To address the a problem with malaria prevention in Zara-Michael, a religious, educational institution located in the South Gondar zone of the Amhara Region, a PMI-funded social and behavioral change communication project trained religious-institution leaders to be messengers of key malaria action messages. 
  • AIRS Ghana donates used but functional equipment to the chairman of the farmers group. The used personal protective equipment was cleaned or decontaminated before the donation. Photo: AIRS Ghana

    PMI AIRS Project donates personal protective equipment to farmers, safeguarding them from exposure to pesticides

    Nov 2015
    The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project takes great precaution to ensure its employees are safe and protected from exposure to insecticide.
  • Mr. Samir Awol, a Public Health Officer and Zonal Malaria Focal Person, provides guidance to DDT collection technicians during a practical training session at a district store. Photo: AIRS Ethiopia

    Taking Out the Trash

    Nov 2015
    The PMI AIRS Project has trained 57 supervisors and 40 technicians to facilitate the collection and repacking of the insecticide. 
  • A technician looks through a microscope

    Quality Assurance and Case Management Advance Malaria Control in Ethiopia

    Nov 2015
    With funding from the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), ICAP’s Malaria Laboratory Diagnosis and Monitoring project has been strengthening malaria laboratory diagnostic capacity and case management in Ethiopia. 
  • Zaqueu Chicuate conducting a pre-spray environmental assessment (PSECA) using a smartphone – a new technology the PMI AIRS Project has introduced to the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture.

    PMI AIRS Malaria Fighter: Zaqueu F.B. Chicuate

    Oct 2015
    Environmental Director for Mozambique’s Ministry of Environment in Zambezia Province, Zaqueu F.B. Chicuate was first introduced to indoor residual spraying (IRS) in 2007. Dr. Chicuate, who has worked in environmental compliance for 15 years, recently shared his experiences with the PMI AIRS Project in helping to mitigate any potential negative effects that could result from working with insecticide.
  • In Rwanda, spray operators learn how to pressurize the spray pumps that are used to apply insecticides to walls during indoor residual spraying (IRS) operations. Credit: AIRS Rwanda

    Building Blocks for Malaria Prevention in Rwanda

    Sep 2015
    Strengthening the capacity of national malaria control programs in Africa to manage indoor residual spraying (IRS) programs is a key component of the PMI-funded Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) project. PMI initiated a country capacity assessment of IRS planning and implementation for Rwanda, which led to a capacity development plan.
  • In line with DRC’s national guidelines, a community health worker in Kanda Kanda uses a rapid diagnostic test to accurately diagnose whether or not a young child has malaria. Credit : Management Sciences for Health.

    Improving Malaria Diagnosis at the Community Level in the DRC

    Sep 2015
    In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), malaria is the main cause of death among children under five. Improving malaria diagnosis, particularly at the community level, increases the number of cases of children that are correctly managed and treated.
  • Image of the new Entomological Laboratory for Malaria Control in Kigali, Rwanda.

    Rwanda Inaugurates New Entomological Laboratory for Malaria Control

    Sep 2015
    Progress in malaria control requires a deep understanding and knowledge of the mosquitoes carrying the disease. To help malaria-endemic countries make evidence-based decisions for the implementation of malaria interventions, the PMI-supported Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project partnered with the Rwandan Ministry of Health’s Malaria and Other Parasitic Diseases Division (MOPDD) to establish Rwanda’s first modern-day entomological laboratory.