The President’s Malaria Initiative announces new five-year strategy to end the world’s oldest pandemic in a generation
The US President’s Initiative Against Malaria (PMI) released a new five-year strategy on Wednesday, “End malaria faster” which aims to end malaria within a generation, contribute to the global goals of saving more than 4 million lives and prevent 1 billion cases by 2025.
PMI, led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has helped save 7.6 million lives and prevent 1.5 billion malaria infections over the past two decades.
“PMI’s five-year strategy aims to continue to save lives, address health inequalities, and improve disease surveillance and health security,” USAID said in a statement. “The strategy will focus on reaching unreached people, strengthening community health systems, resilience of malaria services, local investment and support for innovation. “
Malaria, considered one of the oldest pandemics in the world, continues to kill more than 400,000 people each year. COVID-19, climate change and conflict have reversed some of the hard-won gains over the past two decades against malaria – and they continue to threaten progress. It is turning back time for many countries struggling to reduce deaths and eliminate the deadly disease. As one of the largest donors in the global fight against malaria, PMI works in countries that account for 80 percent of the global malaria burden. Through this strategy, PMI will continue to partner with countries, donors and others to support its rescue work.
The strategy has three specific objectives:
- Reduce mortality by 33% from 2015 levels in partner countries with high PMI burden
- Reduce malaria morbidity by 40 percent from 2015 levels in PMI partner countries with high and moderate malaria burden
- Bring at least ten PMI partner countries towards national or subnational elimination and assist at least one country in the Greater Mekong sub-region to eliminate malaria.
Since 2005, PMI has invested $ 8 billion in hundreds of millions of mosquito nets and mosquito sprays, life-saving malaria drugs and tests, and heroic health workers in clinics and communities.