USAID – The Malaria Initiative

Through direct support to PAHO’s Regional Malaria Program and the formulation and implementation of three Regional Malaria Plans (2006-2010, 2011-2015, and 2016-2020), USAID’s malaria investments have served as a catalyst for change and exhibited a multiplier effect on other malaria projects and initiatives across the region.

USAID’s work in over 100 countries leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people progress beyond assistance. Since 2000, USAID and PAHO’s interventions have contributed to a 68% reduction in malaria cases and an estimated 3,000 deaths have been averted in the region of the Americas.

Joint efforts include changes in malaria treatment, the prioritization of high-burden areas with most of the cases in the region, sustained drug-resistance monitoring in 15 countries, improving capacities in microscopy and access to diagnosis with microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), provision of emergency treatments and prevention of antimalarial stock-outs in 17 malaria-endemic countries, improvements in malaria surveillance and vector control strategies as well as the implementation of WHO framework towards malaria elimination and prevention of re-establishment.