Today marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). Together with its partners, PMI has saved millions of lives and contributed to substantial gains in education, productivity, and economic development.
The creation of PMI marked a turning point in the global fight against malaria. In 2005 when PMI was announced, malaria killed almost 1.2 million people worldwide. In contrast, according to the most recent World Malaria Report, there were an estimated 405,000 malaria-related deaths in 2018.
It’s hard to imagine, but in 2005 the concepts of “advancing malaria service delivery” and “accelerating progress towards malaria elimination” were obscure, even within the global malaria community. Now, PMI Impact Malaria’s work of supporting countries to strengthen diagnosis, treatment, and drug-based prevention is widely understood as central to fighting malaria and saving lives.
As PMI’s flagship global service delivery project, we’ve been working closely with 14 of PMI’s focus countries during the first two years of the project and are now supporting 20. Explore our new country pages to learn more about PMI Impact Malaria’s country-driven work of advancing malaria service delivery.
And on this landmark day, let’s be sure to especially recognize the crucial role that PMI has played in protecting those who are most vulnerable to malaria—primarily pregnant women and young children in sub-Saharan Africa. Check out our recent 3-minute storytelling video on preventing malaria in pregnancy as a reminder of how important this PMI-supported work is for women and their families.
On behalf of the entire PMI Impact Malaria team, we say happy anniversary PMI, and congratulations on 15 years of leading the fight to end malaria!
Ricki Orford, PMI Impact Malaria Senior Project Director
PMI Impact Malaria is led by Population Services International (PSI) in partnership with Jhpiego, Medical Care Development International (MCDI), and UCSF.
Photo Caption: Boni Awa and her 4-month-old son Aruna outside their home in Côte d’Ivoire. While pregnant, Boni visited Mouyassue Health Center for her antenatal care visits where she received IPTp to prevent malaria during pregnancy. Credit: Mwangi Kirubi/PMI Impact Malaria, Côte d’Ivoire
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