Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM)
Focus: To protect the health of people around the world from parasitic diseases, including malaria, through evidence-based public health action.
Some key activities:
- Prevent, diagnose, and treat parasitic diseases in the United States
- Prevent and control malaria, including co-implementing the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), which is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Prevent, control, and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
- Monitors rates of important parasitic diseases, such as malaria, to track trends and detect potential outbreaks in the U.S.
- Provide cross-cutting entomologic expertise and support
- Provides 24/7 access to consultations for healthcare providers on diagnosis and treatment of parasitic infections, and access to life-saving treatments that are not commercially available (through the Parasitic Disease Drug Service)
- Provides essential laboratory support to states, countries, and other partners
- Conducts vital research and program evaluation to support the development of new epidemiologic, laboratory, and vector control tools
- Work with domestic and international partners on public health strategies related to parasitic diseases