The PMI AIRS Project works to promote the role of women in spray operations, improving their overall economic power in the household with additional income. Malaria transmission in Zambia occurs throughout the year with the peak during the rainy season, between November and April.

21,000 women trained to support indoor residual spraying


Nearly 6 million children under 5 protected from malaria

A mother and her child in northern Ghana are protected from malaria by AIRS. Credit: Erin Schiavone

1.2 million pregnant women protected from malaria


97% of targeted households protected from malaria


More than 39 million people in Africa protected from malaria

Where We Work

Project Highlights

Empowering Women as Leaders in Malaria Prevention

One of the primary control measures for malaria is indoor residual spraying (IRS). Historically, few women have been employed in IRS programs. The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying Project (AIRS) implements the largest IRS project globally and protects millions of people from malaria across sub-Saharan Africa. The project’s work benefits pregnant women […]

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Waste Not, Want Not

Improved Stock Management Reduces Insecticide Waste Over the past several decades Ethiopia has used a variety of insecticides for indoor residual spraying (IRS) to prevent the spread of malaria, including DDT, malathion, deltamethrin, bendiocarb, propoxur, and pirimiphos-methyl. Changes in insecticides used for IRS and poor quantification have often resulted in excessive stock of expired insecticides. […]

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Training: A Pillar for IRS

The PMI AIRS Project Ramps Up Training for IRS Managers to Improve Spray Quality High quality indoor residual spraying (IRS) requires spray techniques and skills mastered by IRS trainers and spray operators. In 2016, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project in Ethiopia conducted a series of trainings for malaria […]

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