Despite progress, malaria continues to be a major public health problem in Malawi. The disease accounts for 40 percent of hospitalizations in children under five, 30 percent of all outpatient visits and is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality across all age groups. Transmission is perennial in most areas and peaks during the rainy season from November to April. With support from PMI and other partners, the Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Control Program has been able to scale up the distribution of ACTs, IPTp using SP, and ITNs. Progress to date is promising; the mortality rate for children under five years of age fell by 36 percent between 2004 and 2014, to an estimated 85 deaths per 1,000 live births.
The PMI VectorLink Project will be conducting IRS in Malawi.