A community health worker in Myanmar discusses malaria prevention with a member of the community. Photo credit: URC

President’s Malaria Initiative Eliminate Malaria (PMI-EM)

The Challenge

Myanmar has significantly reduced the indigenous transmission of Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) malaria. Since URC began working on malaria in Myanmar, the country has experienced a 90% reduction in malaria cases and is now on a path towards ending malaria.

Challenges remain in strengthening the health system management and response to malaria. For example, interventions such as malaria surveillance, case finding and tracking, and the prevention and treatment of the disease all must remain robust or improve to continue on the path toward malaria elimination.

Overview and Objectives

The President’s Malaria Initiative Eliminate Malaria (PMI-EM) Activity contributes to comprehensive malaria interventions in Myanmar to achieve the goal of eliminating the indigenous transmission of Pf malaria by 2025 and put Myanmar on a path to eliminate all human malaria by 2030. PMI-EM builds on URC’s 10 years of continuous implementation of PMI malaria control projects in Myanmar.

The Activity works to improve Myanmar’s comprehensive health system management of malaria interventions, including the use of data to plan, design, and implement interventions. As the number of malaria cases continues to decline, it is increasingly important for the Activity to support enhanced surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation, and the improved utilization of information systems to ensure accurate case reporting.

PMI-EM also works to strengthen the vector control, prevention, social and behavior change, and case management of malaria and support adherence to national guidelines to reduce the threat of multidrug-resistant malaria.

Duration
2021–2026

Countries
Myanmar

Regions
Asia

Expertise
Community Health, Health Service Delivery, Malaria, Quality Health Systems, and Social and Behavior Change

Funders
U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID

Partners