JSI Celebrates World Malaria Day

April 25, 2013

JSI joins our partners around the world to celebrate World Malaria Day. On this day, we take stock of the progress that has been made and recognize the many challenges to malaria mitigation worldwide.

JSI has implemented malaria prevention and treatment activities in more than 25 countries in collaboration with host country governments. Working with the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), JSI has provided technical support for all aspects of PMI.

As a member of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, JSI engages in the full range of malaria activities, using state-of-the-art, innovative techniques to manage programs. We apply mobile phone technology to provide early warning on stockouts of critical malaria medicines; develop community-based models of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment; deliver bed nets on the household level, participate in hang-up campaigns; support the integration of malaria programs into other health initiatives; implement indoor residual spraying programs; and design and strengthen logistics systems for malaria products while improving the collection and use of data about those systems and building capacity in staff that manage those systems.

Since the spring of 2007, the JSI-implemented USAID | DELIVER PROJECT has procured enough bed nets to wrap around the world five times. Yet bed nets alone are not a solution. The task of procuring and delivering requires a coordinated global effort by public health logisticians, malaria experts, and evaluation specialists.

On this day we also recognize the work of the USAID Focus Region Health Project, implemented by JSI in Ghana in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, which has completed a study to evaluate the burden of malaria in Ghana’s cities. Until now, clinical practice and national policy in Ghana have been informed by routine health service data suggesting that malaria is universally prevalent in the country. However, the study showed that the burden of malaria is substantially lower in Ghana’s large cities than in surrounding rural areas. Given this information, the study produced a number of actionable recommendations to reduce malaria in Ghana.

For more about JSI’s work in Malaria, please visit jsi.com and The Pump.