“I used to stay up all night chasing away mosquitoes,” says Geneviève Ndagijimana, a 34-year-old mother from Burundi. “But it seemed like whatever I did, my children and I would get sick.”
Geneviève and her husband live in the suburbs of Bujumbura with their four children and two nephews. As far back as they can remember, they’ve lived in fear of getting malaria. They’ve lost many family members to the disease. “For many years, I suffered from countless cases of malaria, and I lost two children and my brother to the illness. That was a horrible period in my life.”
When she was pregnant with her fifth child, Geneviève was sure she would lose that baby, too. So, she went to a nearby health center to see if they could help.
PSI works to improve the availability, affordability and use of effective malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Nearly half the world’s population is at risk of malaria. Using case management, case identification, and prevention through insecticide-treated nets and drug-based methods, we aim to change that reality.
The Four Pillars of our Work in
Here are some milestones we've achieved in the fight against malaria:
We've saved lives from malaria in
We've distributed almost
insecticide-treated nets since 1997, about 20% of the global insecticide-treated nets distributed to date
Across our malaria interventions, we have provided
108 million years
of healthy life
From 2017 to 2018, we distributed
courses of seasonal malaria chemoprevention
We've distributed more than
pre-packaged malaria treatments
We've distributed more than
malaria rapid diagnostic tests since 2003
Our Malaria-Fighting Solutions
We support national governments to implement the most efficient vector control strategy for their population to reach universal preventative coverage against malaria. The two primary vector control activities we support are indoor residual spraying of homes with insecticides and increasing efficient coverage and proper use insecticide-treated nets. We use data and research to routinely analyze and improve our delivery of indoor residual spraying and insecticide-treated net interventions.
We work to ensure high-risk and hard-to-reach populations have access to diagnostic and treatment services. We support the training of providers to establish and follow clinical procedures to properly identify and address malaria cases. We ensure providers are equipped with the proper tools and medicines to effectively manage malaria with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and treat it with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs).
We work to develop effective surveillance tools to capture malaria information in a timely, complete manner in readily accessible tracking systems that are developed with user-centered design. We ensure these tools are available to public and private sector decision makers to target preventative and management approaches across the malaria transmission spectrum.
Pushing the envelope to unlock the potential of proven key drug-based prevention approaches.
We target two of the most vulnerable populations—pregnant women and children under 5—using seasonal malaria chemoprevention for children and intermittent preventative treatment for pregnant women.