“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 shapes mixed market systems, shifts policy and funding and strengthens global capacity to make it easier for people affected by malaria around the world to seek and receive quality malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services. Working alongside in-country network members and our donors, PSI supports national malaria control and elimination programs (NMPs) across 27 countries.
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
126 million years
of healthy life
We've supported government distribution of
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. We primarily support vector control activities related to increasing efficient coverage and proper use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). We use data and research to routinely analyze and improve our delivery of ITN interventions, with a particular focus on harnessing technology to inform channel innovation of ITN and novel vector control tools.
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 and treat malaria, with an increased focus on elevating integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) and private sector opportunities to strengthen malaria care.
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.