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CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria: Translating Science into Action
CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM) works to protect the health of Americans and others around the world from parasitic diseases, including malaria, through evidence-based public health action.
DPDM works with a long list of domestic and international partners to
- 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)external icon, which is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)external icon;
- Prevent, control, and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs);
- Provide cross-cutting entomologic expertise and support;
- Provide essential laboratory support to states, countries, and other partners; and
- Conduct vital research and program evaluation.
Parasitic diseases cause devastating health and economic effects for hundreds of millions of people around the world and in the United States. These diseases can be transmitted to people by insects or animals, through blood or organ donations, from mother to baby, or through contaminated food or water.
Globally, malaria and NTDs can lead to serious illness, disability and death. DPDM focuses on NTDs that can be controlled through mass drug administration (MDA) or other simple, low-cost interventions. These include lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, trachoma, soil-transmitted helminths, and Guinea worm disease.
Serious parasitic diseases like Chagas disease also occur in the United States, causing illness including seizures, blindness, infertility, heart failure, and even death.
With an annual budget of about $26 million from Congress, transfers from USAID, and other funds, DPDM
- Monitors rates of important parasitic diseases, such as malaria, to track trends and detect potential outbreaks in the United States;
- Conducts epidemiologic studies to assess the impact of parasitic diseases and understand risk factors for acquiring them, develops recommendations to prevent and control these diseases, and educates the public and healthcare providers;
- Provides consultations to healthcare providers on diagnosis and treatment of parasitic infections, conducts confirmatory laboratory testing and diagnostic training, and releases life-saving treatments that are not commercially available (through the Parasitic Disease Drug Service);
- Provides expertise in diagnosis, treatment, surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation to states and countries, U.S. government agencies, and other public health partners;
- Co-implements PMI, led by USAID, and is a technical partner in the USAID NTD Initiative; and
- Conducts operational research to improve programs, including development and evaluation of new epidemiologic, laboratory, and vector control tools.
A world free from parasitic diseases
Save and improve lives by controlling and preventing parasitic diseases in the United States and worldwide
Our work is guided by a commitment to science, service, partnership, and stronger public health capacity, and to creating a supportive environment. We continually strive to
- Apply science to improve public health;
- Provide service;
- Engage in partnership to achieve common goals;
- Build public health capacity; and
- Provide a supportive, growth-oriented environment.
Our Strategic Goals
Goal 1: Ensure prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of parasitic diseases in the United States
Goal 2: Reduce the global burden of malaria
Goal 3: Reduce the global burden of priority neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
- World Mosquito Day 2020: The Spread of Anopheles stephensi and the Fight Against the World’s Deadliest Animal
- World Chagas Disease Day 2020: CDC and Partners Shine a Light on Chagas Disease
- World NTD Day 2020: Innovation to Elimination
- World Malaria Day 2020: CDC and partners continue the fight against a global killer
- DPDx: Dedicated to Strengthening Laboratory Capacity for Parasitic Disease Diagnosis
- Faces of Malaria – People with Malaria Speak
Monica Parise, MD, is the Director of the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM) in CDC’s Center for Global Health. Dr. Parise’s priorities are to ensure prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of parasitic diseases in the United States; to reduce the global burden of malaria; and to reduce the burden of priority neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).More Leadership