The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) recently published its 2021-2026 Strategy, End Malaria Faster, prioritizing a holistic, community-centered approach to defeating malaria that aims to strengthen partnerships and response systems using lessons from COVID-19 and other humanitarian crises. PMI’s overarching agenda for the next five years aims to:
Malaria programs do more than save lives. They also help build stable economies, lead to fewer missed school and work days, foster international cooperation, and empower health systems to better respond to other infectious diseases. As champions, you are part of this mission. Each time you meet with Congress, write a Letter to the Editor, share a tweet, or sign a petition, you are part of making these achievements possible.
To reach their goals, PMI’s End Malaria Faster will prioritize reaching the unreached, strengthening community health systems, keeping malaria resilient, investing locally, and innovating and leading. Established in 2006 to “end one of the world’s deadliest pandemics,” PMI works with 24 partner countries in sub-Saharan Africa and three across the Greater Mekong Subregion in Southeast Asia to intervene with insecticide-treated nets, sprays that kill mosquitos, diagnostic tests, and medicines, and invest in health workers, laboratories, supply chains, surveillance, and other health systems. Since their creation, PMI partner countries have seen a 29 percent decrease in malaria infection rates and a 60 percent reduction in deaths. However, this progress is uneven and can be understood in three categories:
PMI’s 2021-2026 Strategy accounts for on-the-ground, country-specific circumstances and disparities that impact malaria elimination. Necessarily, PMI will tailor interventions to countries facing the highest burden of malaria infections and deaths, strengthen frontline efforts and resources, and partner with local stakeholders to lead and promote sustainable responses.
Several urgent external threats are critical to address within a country’s broader malaria prevention and elimination efforts:
Everyone can contribute to eliminating malaria, which is why Nothing But Nets offers opportunities for constituents to engage with representatives on the topic, learn from experts at the WHO, locals in malaria-endemic countries, and many others, and connect with fellow champions across the United States.
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