Malaria is endemic in more than 95 percent of Malawi and is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality across all age groups. Among children under five years of age, malaria parasite prevalence by microscopy was 33 percent nationally. With support from PMI and other partners, the Malawian Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Control Program has been able to scale up the distribution of artemisinin-based combination therapies, intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women and insecticide-treated nets. Progress to date is promising; between 2006 and 2015, the mortality rate for children under five years of age declined to an estimated 64 deaths per 1,000 live births.


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Malaria Operational Plans

The Malaria Operational Plans below are detailed 1-year implementation plans for PMI focus countries. Each plan reviews the current status of malaria control and prevention policies and interventions, identifies challenges and unmet needs to achieve PMI goals, and provides a description of planned PMI-funded activities. Each Malaria Operational Plan has been endorsed by the U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator and reflects collaborative discussions with the national malaria control programs and partners in country. Changes to these plans are reflected in revised postings.

FY 2019 Malawi Abbreviated Malaria Operational PlanPDF1.30 MB Download
FY 2019 Malawi MOP - Funding TablesPDF243.99 KB Download
FY 2018 Malawi Malaria Operational PlanPDF1.97 MB Download
FY 2018 Malawi Revised Funding TablePDF150.49 KB Download
FY 2017 Malawi Malaria Operational PlanPDF995.86 KB Download
FY 2017 Malawi Revised Funding TablePDF62.15 KB Download
FY 2016 Malawi Malaria Operational PlanPDF1001.13 KB Download
FY 2016 Malawi Revised Funding TablePDF38.01 KB Download
FY 2015 Malawi Malaria Operational Plan PDF865.06 KB Download
FY 2015 Malawi Revised Funding TablePDF50.84 KB Download
FY 2014 Malawi Malaria Operational PlanPDF588.38 KB Download
FY 2014 Malawi Revised Funding TablePDF60.21 KB Download
FY 2013 Malawi Malaria Operational PlanPDF734.46 KB Download
FY 2013 Malawi Revised Funding TablePDF265.63 KB Download
FY 2012 Malawi Malaria Operational PlanPDF1.01 MB Download
FY 2012 Malawi Revised Funding TablePDF64.29 KB Download
FY 2011 Malawi Malaria Operational PlanPDF239.13 KB Download
FY 2011 Malawi Revised Funding TablePDF59.80 KB Download
FY 2010 Malawi Malaria Operational PlanPDF233.85 KB Download
FY 2009 Malawi Malaria Operational PlanPDF287.77 KB Download
FY 2009 Malawi Revised Funding TablePDF37.50 KB Download
FY 2008 Malawi Malaria Operational PlanPDF639.24 KB Download
FY 2008 Malawi Revised Funding TablePDF63.83 KB Download
FY 2007 Malawi Malaria Operational PlanPDF747.22 KB Download

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Stories from the Field

  • PMI VectorLink IRS Site Manager, Agbethia Malenga. Photo by Laura McCarty/PMI VectorLink.

    Women Lead the Way in Malawi’s Insecticide Spray Operations

    Aug 2019
    In Malawi, women like Agbethia Malenga played a key role in helping the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) VectorLink Project successfully carry out that country’s first indoor residual spray campaign since 2012.
  • A woman marks a register book with her fingerprint to acknowledge receipt of insecticide-treated nets

    Mass Distribution of Nets Underway in Malawi

    Nov 2018
    About 10.9 million nets, donated by the Global Fund and the Against Malaria Foundation, are being distributed nationwide. The campaign is a massive undertaking, requiring participation and collaboration across government sectors; national, district and community levels; and donors and implementing partners.
  • A door of a household that has been registered for the mass net distribution, the national census, and the IRS campaign.

    Women and Government Show Strong Leadership in Malawi IRS Campaign

    Oct 2018
    After six years, PMI in Malawi isnow able to restart their indoor residual spraying support, thanks to the procurement of affordable, long-lasting insecticides and the dedicated support of women and government leaders who made ending malaria a priority.
  • Mariam and her malaria-free granddaughter. Credit: USAID/Malawi

    Fighting Malaria through Education in Malawi

    Aug 2015
    Mariam Mwaba lives along the shores of Lake Malawi in Salima District. She lost her father to Chimbanga, which is what local people call the disease characterized by high fever, headaches, body pains, and vomiting. 
  • 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. 
  • Intermittent preventive treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine has been an effective approach to reducing the burden of malaria during pregnancy in Africa. Source: Karine Atkinson, USAID

    Increasing Uptake of IPTp: Success Seen in Malawi

    Apr 2014
    In Malawi, a PMI-supported project integrates malaria in pregnancy activities with existing maternal, newborn, and child health interventions at the facility and community levels, with the goal of achieving universal access to malaria control interventions in Malawi by 2015.
  •  	Bernard Jali, a medical assistant in Malawi, has used the training he received on pharmaceutical management to make sure his health center is well stocked in antimalarial and other essential drugs. Source: Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems

    Building Health Workers' Skills to Implement a New Malaria Treatment Policy in Malawi

    Apr 2009
    In 2006, the Malawi MOH selected the ACT artemether-lumefantrine (AL) as its first-line drug for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria.
  •  	Lifa Zakeyo, Matate village, Malawi, holds an ITN she received through PMI. Source: Phil Grabowski/CRWRC Malawi

    Partnering with Churches in Rural Malawi to Prevent Malaria

    Apr 2009
    Lifa Zakeyo from Matate village in Mchinji District, Malawi, has changed her behavior in preventing malaria, thanks to her neighbor Godfrey Nkhoma.
  • Source: C. Campbell

    Fighting Malaria in Malawi

    Feb 2009

    Recent evaluation data in Malawi reveal that indoor residual spraying (IRS) is having a substantial impact on anemia rates in small children. Anemia rates are used as a proxy to measure the number of likely malaria cases.

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Contracts & Agreements

Listed below are contracts, agreements and implementing partner reports for the PMI focus countries. Documents have been redacted by the awardee at USAID's request to remove any information the awardee considers proprietary.

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