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By: United to Beat Malaria

15 Years of PMI: 15 Ways to Learn More and Take Action Now

June 30, 2020
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Today, we commemorate 15 years of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). PMI has been a lead driver of progress against malaria thus far and it’s continued leadership is vital in the global fight to end malaria as well as to respond to COVID-19 and other emerging health threats. Thanks to strong bipartisan support and robust funding from Congress, PMI protects more than 570 million people from malaria every year. In countries where PMI works, there has been a 60% decline in malaria death rates. Further, in the course of just one year, PMI trained over 30,000 health care workers in diagnosing malaria, and over 39,000 in clinical care.

PMI’s commitment to strengthening health systems has enabled countries to handle threats beyond malaria, such as COVID-19. Early diagnosing of malaria – through critical tools such as rapid diagnostic tests – enable health workers to distinguish malaria from COVID-19 cases and helps free-up much-needed capacity.

Stepped up support from the U.S. government and other international partners is the only way our world stays on the right path toward eliminating malaria for good. That’s why we’re compiling 15 resources for you to learn more about the work of PMI and how you can take action:

  1. Check out 15 Things About PMI on the 15th Anniversary of its Launch by Dr. Ken Staley, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator and Executive Director of the USAID COVID-19 Task Force

  2. Read Nothing But Nets Executive Director Margaret McDonnell and Malaria No More’s Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy Josh Blumenfeld’s joint OpEd in The Hill: Flattening the malaria and COVID-19 curves 

  3. Watch 15 Years of PMI’s Transformative Impact video 

  4. Check out 15 Years of PMI’s Transformative partner website

  5. Read PMI’s 2020 14th Annual Report to Congress 

  6. Read Nothing But Nets Press Statement Commemorating World Malaria Day & the Impact of PMI 

  7. Learn about the Countries where PMI has made an Impact

  8. Tweet to Congress in support of PMI

  9. Sign a petition to your members of Congress in support of PMI 

  10. Share resources compiled in our Advocacy Partners Toolkit

  11. Become a Nothing But Nets Champion to help advocate for PMI support

  12. Follow PMI on Twitter 

  13. Tweet about PMI’s 15 Years of Impact

  14. Share on Facebook about PMI’s 15 Years of Impact

  15. Donate to help Safeguard the Health of Families at Risk of Malaria

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