World Malaria Day: United States and Mali make progress within the battle towards malaria

PRESS RELEASE

Bamako, April 25, 2022

On this World Malaria Day, the United States and Mali have much to celebrate in terms of success against this deadly disease. We reaffirm our commitment to continue this work with our Malian partners. In the past year, despite the immense challenges posed by the conflict and COVID-19, the United States and Mali have continued to advance in the fight against malaria. Dedicated and courageous frontline health workers, including nurses, midwives and community health workers across the country, worked hard to maintain essential malaria services. Their efforts saved lives and built community resilience.

Since 2007, the US Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) has partnered with Mali’s National Malaria Control Program (PNLP) to fight the disease. It has invested $26.5 million in 2021 and $339 million to date. PMI’s annual report, released today, highlights the results of the strong US-Mali partnership that kept malaria services robust and effective in fiscal 2021.

Thanks to PMI’s programs in Mali, more than 20 million bed nets, 29 million rapid tests, 20 million rapid-acting medications and more than 39 million preventive treatments for pregnant women and children have been delivered to clinics and distributed in communities. Nearly 75,000 health professionals were trained through PMI support. This support has thus made it possible to improve its capacity to detect and treat malaria, while strengthening the health system as a whole and providing essential skills in the fight against COVID-19 and future pandemics.

The United States government, through our National Institutes of Health, also supports Mali’s world-renowned medical researchers and laboratories and supports cutting-edge malaria vaccine research to protect children and pregnant women in the most affected communities.

Today, on the African continent, Mali is the champion in terms of coverage and use of bed nets with a nearly 200% increase in the number of pregnant women and children sleeping under a bed net since the launch of PMI in 2007. Sleeping under bed nets saves lives thousands of children every year. Child deaths from malaria in Mali fell by 47% over the same period.

According to the US Ambassador to Mali, Mr. Dennis Hankins, “The United States recognizes the importance of continuing to work together to ensure that all Malians are protected from malaria; as well as that the most vulnerable have access to high quality malaria services as part of the essential health services provided by the Government of Mali. »

US Interim Global Malaria Coordinator Julie Wallace said: “With perseverance and strong global commitment, we can end malaria from our lives. The United States is proud of its collaboration with Mali in the fight against this deadly but entirely preventable disease. »

About PMI: the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) supports 24 partner countries in sub-Saharan Africa and three programs in the Greater Mekong subregion of Southeast Asia.

Led by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented in partnership with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PMI offers interventions that are cost-effective and vital against malaria; for example: insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying and essential medicines. PMI is also supporting healthcare professionals and systems to accelerate the global fight against this deadly infectious disease. Thanks to the generosity of the American people, more than 700 million people at risk benefit from PMI support each year.

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