Stories From the Field

Recent trainees from Rwanda with a PARMA trainer. L–Rt: Zhiyong (Jane) Zhou, Tharcisse Munyaneza, and Madjidi Raifiki.
  • 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.
  • AIRS entomology technicians in Ghana attach WHO cone bioassays to a sprayed wall to test the decay rate of the insecticide Actellic 300 CS.

    New Insecticide Formulation Re-Energizes Fight Against Malaria

    Oct 2014

    AIRS entomological studies funded by PMI find new insecticide formulation lasts up to nine months.

  • Students hold their new bed nets at Tanga Primary School, where 325 nets were distributed. Photo source: Hayley Gibson

    Tanzania Brings Grassroots Approach to Malaria Campaign

    Oct 2014
    Volunteers educate villagers, schoolchildren on malaria and bed nets.
  • Mairama Camara, a community health worker, with Fatoumala Diallo, who was successfully treated for malaria. Source: RTI International

    Community Health Worker in Guinea Stops Malaria in its Tracks

    Oct 2014
    In Guinea, malaria is the leading cause of health consultations, and is responsible for 31 percent of hospitalizations and 14.2 percent of deaths. All people, particularly children under 5 and pregnant women, are at risk.Home visits save lives through testing and treatment.
  • “We can do our school homework without mosquitoes biting us at home since our village has been sprayed.” Source: Africa IRS

    More Bang for the Buck

    Sep 2014
    AIRS conducted a cost-cutting analysis and identified several cost-savings strategies in Benin.
  • Stakeholders attend the TVCSP-led eIDSR training in Bunda District. Source: RTI International

    Improving Data Collection and Reporting for Malaria Control in Tanzania

    Aug 2014

    Training from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Tanzania Vector Control Scale-up Project helps health care personnel enhance their understanding of electronic data transfer mechanisms and learn how to carry out electronic data transfers through mobile phones.

  • Canisters used for indoor residual spraying (IRS) activities to control malaria. Source: Brant Stewart, RTI International

    Protection of Refugees Through PMI-Kenya Donated Insecticide

    Jul 2014
    Indoor residual spraying (IRS) is a proven and highly effective malaria control measure and is one of PMI’s key interventions.
  • Ms. Yvonne Kianduma, one of 3,000 health workers trained on RDT use as a part of a nationwide exercise supported by PMI. Source: USAID/Kenya

    Mass Training of Health Workers on RDT Use

    Jul 2014
    Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) allow for the quick detection of malaria parasites in a person’s blood and are becoming increasingly available for resource-poor settings where reliable microscopic diagnosis is not possible.
  • Koranic schoolmaster, Mr. Mamoune Diop, with some of the approximately 60 children under his care. Source: Nathaly Herrel/PMI

    Engaging Senegal’s Home-Based Care Providers in the Fight Against Malaria

    Jun 2014
    Despite Senegal’s progressive health system policies, which make malaria diagnosis and treatment freely available to the Senegalese population, geographic, educational, and financial barriers often impede access to these services. As a result, nine in ten malaria cases in Senegal are initially treated at home, and only 50 percent of cases ever receive formal care.
  • Mbene Dionne, with one of her own children, serves more than 1,000 people in four villages in Senegal. Source: USAID/Amy Cotter

    Helping Save Children's Lives in Senegal

    Jun 2014
    Community volunteers provide essential home-based care for childhood illnesses.
  • An environmental compliance officer shows spray operators how to build a mobile soak pit before beginning to spray. Source: Peter Chandonait

    Have Pit, Will Travel

    May 2014
    To increase efficiency and improve environmental safety, AIRS piloted the use of mobile soak pits during the 2013-2014 IRS campaign in remote areas of Madagascar’s Central Highlands and seven districts in the south, where difficult roads require spray operators to access villages via foot. 
  • In Benin, AIRS piloted the use of padlocked metal covers on soak pits to reduce the environmental and health risks of the insecticide and to protect project assets. Source: Peter Chandonait

    Topping It Off

    May 2014

    To ensure insecticides are disposed of safely without harm to humans, animals, and the environment, AIRS, in compliance with PMI’s Best Management Practices for IRS, builds soak pits in the ground where wastewater containing insecticide is safely discarded.

  • AIRS introduced mobile banking in Madagascar to process payments to seasonal workers. More than $350,000 was transferred during the 2013-2014 spray campaign. Source: Mialy Noroarisanjy

    Mobile Money Pays Off

    May 2014

    Carrying large amounts of cash into the field to pay seasonal workers increases the risk of theft and fraudulent activities. To reduce risk, the President’s Malaria Initiative-funded Africa Indoor Residual Spraying Program in Madagascar piloted an innovative mobile banking system.

  • The field of entomology in Nigeria is improving as university students gain access to the equipment and facilities they need to conduct their research at a newly established insectary, funded by the President’s Malaria Initiative. Source: Michael Olayink

    The Brain Gain in Nigeria

    May 2014

    It’s widely accepted that higher education and research are critical to a country’s economic development. Yet many developing countries lack the facilities and equipment needed to prepare students for the workforce.

  • A health worker performs a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) for Malaria on a mother and her children. Photo source: Peace Corps

    Malaria Prevalence Rate Declines in Taita Taveta, Kenya

    Apr 2014

    Residents of Lower Sagalla in Taita Taveta County participated in community awareness activities to mark World Malaria Day. The event was organized by Peace Corps volunteers at Bamako dispensary.  Ministry of Health officials organized  from the county educated residents on threats of malaria and the necessary steps towards containing them.