Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children under five in Malawi. In fact, the Ministry of Health (MoH) estimates that malaria accounts for 34% of all outpatient visits and 40% of all hospital admissions among children under five.
There are at least five million episodes of malaria per year. It is endemic in 95% of the country, with 98% of infections due to Plasmodium falciparum, the most severe form of the four human malarial species. Four out of ten hospital deaths are reported to be due to malaria.
Ricky Nyaleye, Population Services International, Malawi
With approximately $180 million in investment between 2006 and 2014, the U.S. Government’s Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) has contributed to substantial scaling-up of malaria prevention and control interventions in Malawi. Nearly half of PMI’s funding in Malawi supports commodities to prevent and treat malaria, and PMI partners with the MoH to ensure that the most recent evidence is translated into policy and program implementation.
In FY14, PMI:
- Distributed 900,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets for pregnant women and children;
- Procured 2.4 million and distributed 7 million artemisinin-based combination therapy doses;
- Procured 6.2 million doses of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, which prevents malaria during pregnancy;
- Procured and distributed four million rapid diagnostic test kits, which detect evidence of malaria parasites in human blood;
- Trained health workers and improved malaria case management in communities and facilities;
- Provided preventive servies to pregnant women through antenatal care;
- Mentored and provided supportive supervision to health care workers;
- Conducted entomological monitoring in seven districts; and
- Supported behavior change communication activities to improve care-seeking behaviors for malaria prevention and treatment.
PMI is working to reduce the burden of malaria through expanded access to prevention and treatment measures.
- Ministry of Health (National Malaria Control Program- NMCP)
- Baobab Health Trust
- DHS Measure 7
- Malaria Alert Centre
- Population Services International
- John Hopkins CCP
- Abt Associates
- STEPSUSAID | DELIVER
Peter Halpert, Health Office Chief
Last updated: April 07, 2015