World Malaria Day – 2015

Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria

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April 25, 2015, marks World Malaria Day – a day to celebrate the gains made in the fight against malaria. Each year, this day highlights global efforts to control malaria and mobilizes action to combat the disease. On this occasion, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), releases its Ninth Annual Report to Congress [PDF, 6.2MB], which describes the U.S. Government’s contributions to the global fight against malaria.

Events

World Malaria Day 2015 Reception

Lutheran World Relief and the Malaria Roundtable are hosting a reception on April 21 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm EDT at the Cannon Office Building (Room 340 – Veteran’s Affairs). Expected guests include: Congressman Ander Crenshaw and Congressman Gregory Meeks, Co-Chairs of the House Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, and U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Admiral Tim Ziemer.

World Malaria Day 2015 Luncheon

Friends of the Global Fight is hosting an event celebrating World Malaria Day on April 22, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm EDT at the Capital Visitors Center. The event will bring together Senator Chris Coons (D-DE); Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, President's Malaria Initiative; and Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, United Methodist Church.

Twitter Expert Hour

Join us April 23, 2015, 10:00 am EDT for a Twitter chat about malaria financing, co-moderated by Dr. Bernard Nahlen, PMI's Deputy Coordinator, and Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Roll Back Malaria's Executive Director. Follow @PMIgov and @RollBackMalaria and join the conversation by using #DefeatMalaria.

Share the Facts

Working together with national governments and other donors, PMI has reached millions of people with life-saving prevention and treatment measures through a variety of approaches at hospitals, health facilities, and communities. Seventeen PMI focus countries have now reported declines in deaths among children under the age of five. These declines range from 18 percent (in both Liberia and Nigeria) to 55 percent (in both Senegal and Zambia).

Share the facts below via Twitter to help spread the message about the fight against malaria.

Map of Africa depicting percentages of reduction in mortality rates of children under 5 by country. In FY 13, PMI sprayed more than 5 million houses with insecticides, protecting more than 21 million residents. %23DEFEATMALARIA In all 17 PMI focus countries, the all-cause mortality rate among children under age 5 has dropped. Reductions range from 18% to 5%.  Photo of three young girls laughing in front of a mosquito net. More than 27,000 health workers were trained in intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women with PMI's support last year. Photo of two health workers smiling. In PMI focus countries, the use of insecticide-treated nets among children under 5 increased from a median of 18% to 46% since the launch of PMI. Photo of two children standing under a mosquito net. With PMI's support, more than 5 million houses in 13 PMI focus countries in Africa have been sprayed with residual insecticide, protecting over 18 million people. Photo of spray operator outside holding clipboard.

Stories from the Field

  • This guard house is one example of what can be built with the planks of wood made from The cardboard boxes used to transport insecticide bottles.

    Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose – Turning IRS Trash into Treasure

    Apr 2019
    Indoor residual spray campaigns are an important part of malaria prevention, but these campaigns also generate large amounts of waste. To combat this waste, PMI-supported projects have partnered with local private companies and nonprofits in order to reduce and repurpose campaign byproducts. These repurposing efforts have benefited local economies as well as the environment.
  • Mariame Dalanda Barry stands with other community health workers

    Mariame: A Guinean star in her community for her work in malaria prevention

    Apr 2019
    In Guinea’s battle with malaria, the country’s most burdensome communicable disease, “community relays” are on the frontlines. These community health workers educate communities, test people with fever for malaria, and treat uncomplicated cases or send them to the nearest health facility. One community relay leading the charge in her village is Mariame Dalanda Barry.
  • A girl displays some harvested caterpillars in Mporokoso District. Photo by Francis Mwangata.

    Scheduling Spray Operations Around Caterpillar Hunting in Zambia

    Mar 2019
    To reduce the spread of the disease, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) VectorLink Project supports the Zambia government to implement indoor residual spraying (IRS)
  • Kanyarat Lausatianragit collects blood for malaria testing. Photo Credit: Sisaket Provincial Public Health Department

    Promoting Health on the Road and Online: Thai Woman Champions Malaria Elimination

    Mar 2019
    With funding from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners provide training on how to use Thailand’s malaria surveillance system to test, diagnose and follow-up on cases to ensure complete treatment and to monitor coverage of bednets for malaria prevention. 

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