CDC's Global Malaria Activities

Key points

  • CDC works with several international partners to control malaria including WHO, USAID, and the Global Fund, among others.
  • CDC also works with African country research institutes including the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Malawi's Malaria Alert Centre, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Ghana.
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CDC actively participates in global malaria efforts by

  • Working with Roll Back Malaria partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Fund, and Expanded Program on Immunization.
  • Supporting the Global Malaria Programme's efforts to conduct malaria surveillance, strengthen case management, and review evidence to inform malaria control policies as a WHO Collaborating Center.
  • Collaborating directly with Ministries of Health in malaria-endemic countries, as well as local disease prevention and control partners (e.g., the national malaria control program, the reproductive health program responsible for maternal health, the child health program).

CDC has one cooperative agreement to address pertinent research questions and to implement prevention programs. These span the spectrum of policy development, program guidance and support, scientific research, and monitoring and evaluation of progress toward Roll Back Malaria goals.

In addition, in the last decade, CDC has also provided direct staff support to WHO; UNICEF; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; and the World Bank—all stakeholders in the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership.

CDC's malaria experts also lend their expertise to numerous global malaria-focused committees and working groups.

President’s Malaria Initiative

The President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) is a U.S. government initiative designed to cut malaria deaths in half in target countries in sub-Saharan Africa. CDC and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) jointly implement the initiative, which is led by USAID.

CDC's key contributions to PMI include monitoring and evaluation, surveillance, entomologic support, and capacity strengthening for national malaria programs.