International Health


Between 2000 and 2012, global malaria mortality declined by 45 percent and in Africa – where the malaria burden is highest – malaria mortality declined by 49 percent. These substantial gains occurred because of massive scale-up of interventions to prevent, diagnose, and effectively treat malaria. Yet, despite these successes, an estimated 637,000 people died from malaria in 2012, mostly young children in Africa. Without sustained political will and continued investment, the progress of the last years could be reversed.

Abt Associates works in more than 17 African countries to introduce and sustain high-impact interventions to combat malaria to promote health, education, and economic growth. Our technical assistance helps governments, ministries of health, the private sector, and other partners implement multi-faceted interventions, make informed policy choices, and access additional resources to fight malaria.

In 2011, Abt began implementing the President’s Malaria Initiative Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (PMI AIRS) project, the flagship malaria program of USAID and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). Since its inception, the PMI AIRS Project has protected more than 46 million people from malaria in more than 17 countries.
Abt works in concert with international experts to accelerate progress in malaria control. In 2014, Abt’s Dereje Dengela, was selected to be Co-Chair of the IRS Work Stream of the Vector Control Working Group. Abt has previously held board membership with Roll Back Malaria as well as membership in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s (GFATM) Finance and Operational Performance Committee.
Abt has:
  • Supported, with funding from USAID/PMI Uganda, indoor residual spraying (IRS) activities that protected more than 2.5 million people from malaria in 2013
  • Helped develop case management training curricula in Ghana and supported the Pharmacy Council in offering case management training as a pre-requisite for licensure of licensed chemical sellers, who serve as the first point of call in rural and underserved areas.
  • Ensured that long-lasting insecticide treated nets are used nightly in Mali through an Abt-supported communications campaigns;
  • Developed the Mobile Soak Pit, which is extending the reach of IRS to remote communities, improving environmental safety and increasing efficiency;
  • Conducted entomological surveillance to test mosquito resistance to, and the residual life of, insecticides throughout the malaria transmission period, guiding programming decision making.
  • Led research in Zambia showing the impact of scaled-up malaria control interventions on the costs and resources used at two hospitals. This research, made possible with funding from USAID/PMI, was published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.



RWANDA: What makes Rwanda a model for other African nations on how to reduce malaria deaths?

Working in 17 African countries, Abt Associates is recognized as a driving force in malaria prevention and control. This past year in Rwanda, more than 297,000 homes were sprayed through The PMI AIRS Project, implemented by Abt, protecting more than 1.4 million people, including more than 207,000 children under five and more than 22,000 pregnant women, from malaria. In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Abt trained community health workers and village leaders to promote acceptance of the program. Rwanda’s commitment to the PMI AIRS program, coupled with its efforts to destroy mosquito-breeding sites, distribute long-lasting insecticidal nets and provide early diagnosis and treatment at local health facilities has helped lower the incidence of malaria among its most vulnerable populations.
CLIENT: The President’s Malaria Initiative/USAID / PROJECT: President's Malaria Initiative Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (PMI AIRS)

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