Since 2006, U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has protected millions of people in Africa from malaria through indoor residual spraying (IRS), which kills the mosquitoes that transmit malaria by spraying insecticide on the walls, ceilings and other indoor resting places of those mosquitoes. In September 2017, the United States continued its commitment to tackling this deadly disease, launching the five-year PMI VectorLink Project.
Working across 24 countries in sub-Saharan Africa as well as Cambodia, the PMI VectorLink Project is equipping countries to plan and implement safe, cost-effective and sustainable IRS programs and other proven, life-saving malaria vector control interventions including insecticide-treated net distribution with the overall goal of reducing the burden of malaria.
Specifically, the PMI VectorLink Project will build the capacity of country governments to use epidemiological, entomological, and coverage data to support the optimal deployment of vector control tools within each country context while promoting gender equity in all facets of planning and implementation. The project’s data and experience with new and existing vector control tools will inform global malaria best practices, guidelines and policies. The project will also implement and support social behavior change communication and mobilization activities to increase acceptance of vector control interventions.
In Ghana, PMI has been implementing IRS in the Northern region since 2008. Abt Associates has been implementing the program since 2011 under Africa IRS project, and starting in January 2018 under PMI VectorLink Project. The new project has a broader scope to support the Government of Ghana through various vector control strategies. In late 2019, the project will start supporting National Malaria Control Program with implementation and coordination activities related to routine net distribution nation-wide and durability monitoring of nets disseminated during the mass distribution campaign in 2018.