Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM)

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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