PMI Impact Malaria
PMI Impact Malaria in Senegal
PMI Impact Malaria (IM) is the flagship global service delivery project of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). To advance PMI’s goal of fighting malaria and saving lives, IM is supporting Senegal’s national malaria control program (NMCP) in its efforts to strengthen malaria service delivery.
IM began working with Senegal’s NMCP in 2018 to improve malaria case management at the community and public facility levels, with an emphasis on protecting those who are most at risk—particularly young children and pregnant women.
To advance malaria service delivery in Senegal, IM is working to improve drug-based prevention by conducting a study on the effect that time-limited mass drug administration (MDA) of two antimalarials, dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine and single low-dose primaquine, has on malaria transmission rates in a moderate-low transmission setting. This study will inform Senegal's NMCP on the potential impact of time-limited MDA to accelerate transmission reduction and thus transition from control to elimination activities.
Malaria Country Context
Almost all of Senegal’s roughly 15.8 million people are vulnerable to malaria. The country can be divided into two epidemiological zones: the tropical zone, with year-round transmission peaking during the rainy season and lower transmission during the rest of the year; and the Sahelian zone, with high transmission toward the end of, and immediately after, the rainy season and very low transmission during the rest of the year. The malaria parasite species Plasmodium falciparum causes the majority of infections.
Malaria is still a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Senegal, especially among vulnerable groups such as an estimated 3 million children less than five years of age and 600,000 pregnant women. In 2018, there were an estimated one million cases of malaria in the country. However, testing rates remain low, with the country’s health facilities reporting 396,000 confirmed malaria cases that same year.
This is PMI Impact Malaria’s geographic coverage in Senegal:
Photo Credit: PMI, Senegal
Sources: PMI’s Senegal Country Brief, PMI’s Senegal Malaria Operational Plan FY 2020, 2019 World Malaria Report Senegal Country Profile, PMI Impact Malaria Senegal, and Senegal's NMCP
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