While women are disproportionately impacted by malaria –pregnant women and children under five years account for the majority of cases and deaths from the disease according to the latest World Health Organization World Malaria Report – they are also leaders at the forefront of the fight against malaria. From women that encourage other women to attend antenatal care and community health workers that spread awareness of prevention campaigns and tools to scientists and global health advocates to Ministers of Health and heads of state, women are working across the globe to save millions of lives each year and end malaria.
The flagship malaria service delivery project of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), PMI Impact Malaria, is fortunate to have its share of talented and dedicated women leaders who serve the global goal of ending one of the world’s oldest diseases. Through their work on the project, these leaders and their teams support National Malaria Control/Elimination Programs (NMCPs/NMEPs) to strengthen the health system’s capacity for prevention and treatment of malaria and to enhance the country’s ability to collect and use data for decision-making. They are dedicated to improving the quality of malaria diagnosis, treatment, and malaria in pregnancy services and supporting health providers in the countries the project serves – from the national to health facility and community levels to advance malaria service delivery.
To spotlight their leadership on International Women’s Day, PMI Impact Malaria spoke with four of its women leaders to learn what inspired their career in malaria elimination, their proudest accomplishments with PMI Impact Malaria, and what it would mean to achieve a world without malaria:
Chief of Party, PMI Impact Malaria Zambia
Country Coordinator, PMI Impact Malaria Madagascar
Chief of Party, PMI Impact Malaria DRC
PMI Impact Malaria HQ
PMI Impact Malaria is funded and technically assisted by the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) and is led by Population Services International (PSI) in partnership with Jhpiego, Medical Care Development International (MCDI), and UCSF.
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