World Malaria Day: United States and Mali Advance the Fight Against Malaria

PMI seasonal malaria prevention for children in Pelengana Segou

April 25, 2022

On World Malaria Day, the United States and Mali have much to celebrate in our successes against this deadly disease, and we reaffirm our commitment to continue this work with our Malian partners. This past year, the United States and Mali continued to advance the fight against malaria, despite immense challenges posed by conflict and COVID-19. Committed and courageous frontline health workers, especially nurses, midwives, and community health workers across the country went to great lengths to sustain essential malaria services. Their efforts saved lives and supported community resilience.

The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has partnered with Mali’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to fight malaria since 2007, contributing $26.5 million in 2021 and $339 million to date.  PMI’s Annual Report, released today, showcases how the strong partnership between the United States and Mali enabled robust and effective malaria services to continue in FY 2021, even as COVID-19 strained the health system.

Through PMI programs in Mali over 20 million bed nets, 29 million rapid tests, 20 million fast acting medicines, and more than 39 million preventative treatments for pregnant women and children have been delivered to clinics and communities. Nearly 75,000 health workers have been trained with support from PMI, enhancing their ability to detect and treat malaria, while strengthening the health system overall and providing key skills to fight COVID-19 and future pandemics.

The U.S. government through our National Institutes of Health also supports Mali’s world-renowned medical researchers and laboratory facilities, including cutting-edge malaria vaccine research to help protect children and pregnant women in Mali’s most affected communities.

Mali is now recognized as a leader in terms of bed-net coverage and use on the African continent with a nearly 200% increase in the number of pregnant women and young children who sleep under a bed net since PMI began in 2007. Sleeping under bed nets saves thousands of children’s lives every year.  Child deaths due to Malaria in Mali have fallen by 47% over the same period.

According to U.S. Ambassador to Mali Dennis Hankins, “The United States recognizes the importance of continuing our work together to ensure all Malians are protected from malaria, and even the most vulnerable have access to high quality malaria services as part of the package of essential health services provided by the Government of Mali.”

Acting U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Julie Wallace says, “With perseverance and strong global commitment we can end malaria in our lifetime. The United States is proud of our work with Mali in combating this deadly, yet entirely preventable, disease.”

About PMI: The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) supports 24 partner countries in sub-Saharan Africa and 3 programs across the Greater Mekong Subregion in Southeast Asia to control and eliminate malaria. Led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PMI delivers cost-effective, lifesaving malaria interventions—such as insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying, and essential medicines—and invests in health workers and health systems to accelerate the global fight against this deadly infectious disease. Thanks to the generosity of the American people, PMI benefits more than 700 million people at risk of malaria worldwide each year.