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A World Malaria Day 2021 Message from PMI Impact Malaria’s Director, Ricki Orford

2020 will always be remembered as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and yet diseases like malaria which are both preventable and treatable, continue to cause great suffering and hardship around the world. However, while we have made great progress in the fight against malaria, every year more than 400,000 lives are lost to the disease and every two minutes a child dies from malaria – we need to continue the fight.

We approach this year’s World Malaria Day with a shared understanding of the effects that infectious diseases can have on individuals, health systems, and even entire nations. We must reflect on the ever-increasing complexity of controlling malaria, a result of the evolving parasite developing resistance to our drugs and the mosquito adapting and becoming more resistant to our vector control tools, all coupled with the logistical challenge of delivering complex large-scale programs in a post-pandemic world.

For over a year now, PMI Impact Malaria has been innovating and adapting alongside national malaria control programs and partners to advance malaria services and mitigate disruptions, all while responding to the demands of a COVID-19 world. We work hard to ensure that our frontline heroes, the tip of the spear in the fight against malaria, have the knowledge, tools, and space to protect themselves and to ensure we maintain the gains we have achieved in malaria over the years. By investing in health workers and health systems, we not only combat malaria but also strengthen partner countries’ abilities to fight other diseases.

What does our work of malaria service delivery during COVID-19 look like on the ground?

 

Ricki Orford

PMI Impact Malaria Project Director

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