Defeat Malaria Activity


URC manages the Defeat Malaria Activity, funded by USAID, for the prevention and control of malaria.  URC is implementing the project in partnership with American Refugee Committee, Jhpiego, UMD-Institute of Global Health, the Myanmar Health Assistant Association (MHAA),  and the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association (MNMA).  URC is also working with the National Malaria Control Program and various government and non-government organizations to support policies that enable the development and implementation of malaria prevention and control models at the community level.

The Defeat Malaria Activity draws on USAID’s investments in the Greater Mekong Sub Region (through the CAP Malaria Project, also managed by URC) as well as globally in malaria prevention and control, and ultimately elimination.

The Defeat Malaria Activity works in priority regions of the country with high malaria incidence and hard-to-reach migrant groups. The project scales up proven interventions to ensure treatment compliance and identify cases of drug-resistant malaria using the public health system, village-based malaria workers, and private providers. 

The project uses innovative approaches to build capacity in early diagnosis and treatment, program management, and logistics, and will provide policy support to ensure an enabling environment to develop a model for eliminating malaria completely.  The Defeat Malaria Activity is also introducing innovations to accelerate successful treatment of drug-resistant malaria cases, integrated community case management, and real-time data reporting.


The Challenge

Strategically reduce the malaria burden and control artemisinin-resistant malaria in the targeted areas, contributing to the long-term national goal of eliminating malaria in Burma. Build on the achievements of the USAID PMI Control and Prevention of Malaria Project, also implemented by URC.



Defeat Malaria objectives are to:

  1. Achieve and maintain universal coverage of at-risk populations with proven vector control and case management interventions, while promoting the testing of new tools and approaches
  2. Strengthen the malaria surveillance system to comprehensively monitor progress and inform the deployment and targeting of appropriate responses and strategies
  3. Enhance technical and operational capacity of the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and other health service providers at all levels of service provision
  4. Promote the involvement of communities, private healthcare providers, private companies and state-owned enterprises in malaria control and elimination initiatives



  • Distributed 246,590 long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets;
  • Tested 267,153 people for malaria;
  • Detected 3,354 malaria cases, referred 42 cases to health facilities, and treated to 3,291 cases in appropriately in 2,932 villages in 36 townships; and
  • Reached 225,617 people with health talks on malaria prevention, trained 1,904 volunteers in how to combat the disease, and supported 3,014 on-site trainings for health workers utilizing the low dose high frequency capacity-building approach.


Testing for malaria while taking COVID-19 precautions in the Tanintharyi Region. Photo credit: Defeat Malaria.
Testing for malaria while taking COVID-19 precautions in the Tanintharyi Region. Photo credit: Defeat Malaria.
2016 to 2022
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
American Refugee Committee
UMD-Institute of Global Health
Myanmar Health Assistant Association (MHAA)
Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association (MNMA)
Regions/ Countries 
Geographic Scope 
Tanintharyi, Rakhine, and Kayin