The President's Malaria Initiative 13th Annual Report to Congress. May 2019.

Between 2000 and 2016, a concerted global effort has helped reduce malaria deaths by more than 60 percent, saved almost 7 million lives, and prevented more than 1 billion malaria cases. Nonetheless, malaria remains a leading cause of sickness and death across much of sub-Saharan Africa. Of the 445,000 estimated malaria deaths in 2016, 91.5 percent occurred in Africa, and primarily in children under five years of age. In Asia and the Americas, malaria causes fewer severe illnesses and deaths, but antimalarial drug resistance is a serious and growing problem.

Support for Malaria Control and Elimination

Malaria prevention and control remains an important U.S. foreign assistance priority. Effective foreign assistance, including malaria control, is a critical component of the U.S. Government's national security strategy with investments in global health and malaria contributing to economic and political stability. USAID has been committed to fighting malaria since the 1950s. The Agency works closely with the governments of malaria endemic countries to strengthen their capacity to prevent and treat the disease.In 2005, President George W. Bush launched the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, led by USAID and jointly implemented with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which now has 27 programs sub-Saharan Africa and the Greater Mekong Subregion. USAID also provides support to malaria control efforts in Burundi and supports malaria control and elimination in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

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USAID's leadership and investments in malaria control efforts do more than save lives and protect the people most vulnerable to disease. Our efforts promote the economic growth and stability of communities and nations, while advancing American prosperity and security.

Working with Global Partners

USAID engages with global partners through the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, through technical collaboration with the World Health Organization Global Malaria Programme, and through other bilateral and multi-donor or stakeholder forums. The U.S. Government invested $1.35 billion in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in FY 2017, with approximately one-third of all Global Fund country grants financing malaria control and elimination programs. USAID also invests in research and development of malaria vaccines and new antimalarial drugs and insecticide-based vector control tools.


Last updated: June 02, 2019

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