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RTI Celebrates World Malaria Day 2021

Working Together to Reach Zero Malaria

In advance of  World Malaria Day this Sunday, April 25, RTI joins our partners in celebrating global progress made towards eliminating malaria, one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases. Since the year 2000, 11 countries have achieved malaria elimination, and despite challenges posed by COVID-19, elimination is within reach for 25 more countries and territories by 2025.

We are proud to support national malaria control programs on their journeys to achieving zero malaria by strengthening approaches to prevention, patient case management, vector control, surveillance, and community-level engagement. By building local ownership and ensuring countries have the necessary skills, technologies, policies, and systems to be able to reach their elimination goals, we can create stronger health systems that achieve better health outcomes for all.

Harnessing Surveillance Data to Eliminate Malaria in Thailand and Lao PDR

Thailand and Lao PDR are part of the Greater Mekong subregion, which has achieved significant progress in combatting malaria, with cases declining by 97% between 2000 and 2020.

Through Inform Asia: USAID’s Health Research Program, RTI supports the final mile to elimination by strengthening malaria surveillance systems, evaluating strategies and tools for scale-up of interventions and improving the ability of national malaria programs to generate, analyze, and use strategic data for decision-making.

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Watch a video about the village health volunteers leading the way towards elimination in Thailand.

Building Integrated Data Systems to Support Malaria Elimination in Zanzibar

Having a strong malaria surveillance system in place is central to a countries’ ability to sustain progress and ultimately achieve elimination. RTI with funding from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative has worked closely with the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Programme (ZAMEP) since 2006 to strengthen its malaria surveillance system, supporting the development of a case-based system known as Coconut Surveillance. RTI's Adam Preston collected a few of our takeaways from designing, implementing, and integrating these data systems.

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Working Alongside Religious Leaders to Prevent and Treat Malaria in Guinea

Religious leaders have deep roots in local communities and are important partners in work to combat malaria. Since 2017, RTI through the USAID StopPalu+ project in Guinea has improved community involvement in malaria prevention & control by training more than 1,000 religious leaders in 19 districts to disseminate information.

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Recent studies:

Learn more about our work in malaria prevention, control, and elimination.