Shrinking the Malaria Map

UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)

MEI congratulates the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative on fifteen years of impact

30 June 2020

The MEI would like to congratulate the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) on an incredible fifteen years of impact. Since 2005, PMI has worked with countries at the frontlines of the fight against malaria, helping build capacity, strengthen health systems, and improve the quality of life for millions of people around the globe.

Created by former President George Bush, PMI has become one of the U.S. government’s greatest development success stories. Since its inception, 22 PMI partner countries in sub-Saharan Africa have seen significant reductions in all-cause mortality rates in children under age 5, with declines ranging from 10 percent to 67 percent. Progress towards malaria elimination has also been accelerated, with eight PMI partner countries plus Zanzibar on the path to becoming malaria-free.

Additionally, PMI embodies many of the core recommendations of The Lancet Commission on malaria eradication, critical to helping countries make progress towards the ultimate goal of a malaria-free world. Today, US Global Malaria Coordinator Ken Staley reaffirmed PMI’s commitment to the malaria fight, saying that “even in the face of challenges like the Covid-19 pandemic, the global community’s sights are set on eradicating malaria within a generation.”

The MEI is a committed partner of PMI, and has worked alongside PMI to pilot innovative new tools and approaches to accelerate country efforts to eliminate malaria. The MEI looks forward to continuing to partner with PMI, bringing robust evidence and demand-driven approaches to help drive country progress.

Thank you, PMI, for your leadership and outstanding contributions to end malaria!