Stories From the Field

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

    Improving Test-based Treatment of Malaria in Peripheral Health Facilities through Mentorship in Ghana

    Aug 2015
    The President’s Malaria Initiative funded a pilot program in 2014 to attach community health officers to district health facilities in Ghana in order to provide them with mentorship opportunities and improve their case management skills for febrile patients.
  • Environmental Compliance Officer Tahina Masihelison uses a smart phone to record a river crossing. Photo credit: Mijoro Rasolofomalala

    A Smarter Way to Spray

    Jul 2015
    Electronic data collection and GPS on smart phones improves IRS planning, resulting in safer, easier spray campaigns.
  • Three of Goundo’s children were eligible to participate in the SMC program during which anti-malarial medication helps protecting them from infection during peak transmission season. Photo credit: USAID/MCSP

    Mothers Mobilize to Help Protect Their Children against Malaria

    Jul 2015
    As part of the ongoing effort to combat preventable childhood deaths in Mali, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and Maternal and Child Survival Program are investing in Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC), an innovative approach to malaria control that has shown promising results. 
  • Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, US Global Malaria Coordinator, discusses malaria cases at the Zindi clinic with the Provincial Medical Director for Manicaland.

    PMI Leader Briefed on Benefits of Entomological Monitoring

    Jun 2015
    In June 2015, Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, visited Zimbabwe’s Mutasa District in Manicaland Province to see firsthand how entomological surveillance and monitoring can help to guide malaria prevention policies and programming, such as indoor residual spraying, in order to reduce the burden of malaria.
  • Chart showing a decrease in the malaria burden in Uganda.

    Malaria Burden Decreases in Uganda

    May 2015
    Uganda is making great strides in reducing its malaria burden. According to preliminary results from the 2014–2015 Malaria Indicator Survey, the prevalence of parasitemia in children under five years of age has declined by 55 percent, from 42 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2014.
  • U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Eric Wong, distributes an insecticide-treated mosquito net to mothers and children attending the launch of the ITN distribution campaign in Bugesera District, Rwanda. Credit: Amani Athar/USAID

    PMI Supports ITN Distribution Campaign in High-burden Districts in Rwanda

    May 2015
    In Rwanda, PMI is expanding coverage of three highly effective prevention and treatment measures: insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying with insecticides, and prompt treatment for those who have been diagnosed with malaria. 
  • Makono, sitting outside his home in Chimphanga village, is among the Health Surveillance Assistants who help bring malaria prevention and treatment services to women and families in Malawi.

    You Can’t Fight Malaria without Community Health Workers

    Apr 2015
    Makono is among 2,105 health workers being supported by the President’s Malaria Initiative through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Support for Service Delivery Integration project. 
  • A female entomology technician carrying out mosquito identification at the Enugu sentinel site. Photo credit: Dogunro Festus

    Increasing Nigerian Women’s Roles in Entomology Pays Off

    Apr 2015
    The President’s Malaria Initiative Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (PMI AIRS) Project recently appointed gender focal persons in each AIRS country to promote gender inclusion and overcome socio-cultural barriers that prevent the participation of women. 
  • "Saving Lives from Malaria in Madagascar" video from the PMI AIRS Project.

    Saving Lives from Malaria in Madagascar

    Apr 2015
    Watch a video about the expansion of PMI's indoor residual spraying program into the eastern region of Madagascar last year. 
  • Participants in the gender training workshop will share what they’ve learned to promote gender equity in their projects.

    Breaking the Glass Ceiling Starts at the Ground Level

    Apr 2015
    A gender training workshop in Rwanda works to ensure equity for women and men in PMI’s IRS country programs.
  • Fighting Malaria in Madagascar (photo slideshow)

    Mar 2015
    In 2014, PMI extended its reach in malaria protection in Madagascar, spraying in a new area on the East Coast, where malaria is prevalent. View a photo slideshow of the project's work.
  • PMI AIRS Malaria Fighter: Tahina Masihelison

    Feb 2015

    Tahina Masihelison, an Environmental Compliance Officer with PMI Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project, discusses the challenges in balancing safety and the environmental impact of indoor residual spraying in the efforts to wipe out malaria.

  • Pelandrova tests a boy using RDT, Boeny Region

    MAHEFA Supports CHWs in Recognizing, Diagnosing, and Treating Children with Malaria

    Feb 2015
    The Madagascar Community-Based Integrated Health Project, known locally as MAHEFA, and its local partner Association des Jeunes Pionniers du Progrès regularly visit community health workers (CHW), such as Pelandrova, who works in the Mitsinjo District of Boeny Region to recognize, diagnose, and treat local children with malaria.
  • A Malagasy mother and child next to an ITN received through a PMI-supported mass distribution campagin. Credit: Allison Bellemvire, PMI

    Radio Spot Promotes ITN Use in Madagascar

    Dec 2014
    During World Malaria Month in 2014, Madagascar Peace Corps volunteer, Marcelo Morinigo, in collaboration with a local radio station in southeast Madagascar, created a radio spot that promoted sleeping under insecticide-treated mosquito nets in order to help prevent malaria. 
  • A World Malaria Day event banner reads, "Race and party to fight malaria in Ambatovaky" in Ambatovaky Avaratra, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar. Credit: Antoinette Pick-Jones, Peace Corps

    Malagasy Women’s Group Organizes Malaria Awareness Event

    Dec 2014
    In eastern Madagascar, the Ambatovaky Village Women’s Association and Running Club organized events to increase awareness of malaria in the community and improve understanding of the disease, its symptoms, and how to prevent it. 
  •  Cover for the Story of Matia and the Moka

    Soa and the Moka: An Educational Story about Malaria

    Dec 2014

    Inspired by a trip to southeastern Madagascar to volunteer at Le Centre d'Accueil et de Transit des Jumeaux Abandonné (CATJA) orphanage in Mananjary, Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) Raegan and Patrick Spencer wrote and illustrated Soa and the Moka, a story that teaches about the dangers of malaria and how to avoid malaria transmission.

  • A Malagasy community health worker practices performing an RDT during a training in preparation for a pilot of PECADOM Plus in Madagascar. Credit: Peace Corps Madagascar.

    PECADOM Plus – Peace Corps Volunteers in Madagascar Extend Malaria Case Management to the Community

    Dec 2014
    Based on the success of PECADOM Plus (Prise en charge à domicile) in Senegal, Peace Corps volunteers in Madagascar are helping to implement this model for malaria case management in four rural villages in the south and southeast.
  • US Chargé d’Affaires Stephen Anderson sprays a home with insecticide to protect its residents from malaria.

    U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Madagascar Sprays Against Malaria

    Dec 2014
    US Chargé d’Affaires in Madagascar, Stephen Anderson, visited Ambatondradama fokontany in Vinaninony commune, Faratsiho district, where AIRS conducted its indoor residual spraying (IRS) campaign this year.
  • Entomology technicians change a CDC light trap.

    Knowledge is Power

    Nov 2014
    Malaria is the number one killer of children under five in Africa. In Nigeria, 97 percent of the country’s population of 172 million is at risk of being infected with this disease.
  • Embet Weldesenbet said she did not find the job difficult and that the money she earned meant a lot to her and her son.

    Narrowing the Gender Gap

    Nov 2014
    Since the late 1950s when the Ethiopian government began using indoor residual spraying (IRS) as part of the WHO-led Global Malaria Eradication Program, the country’s IRS work has been dominated by men. Traditional barriers, such as the misperception that women are not interested in or strong enough to do the work required in spray operations and that IRS work is “men’s work”, have limited women from participating in the income-generating work of IRS.