In sub-Saharan Africa, malaria reportedly kills more than 1,000 children every day. Although there has been a significant decline in under-five mortality in recent years, malaria remains a serious health threat and socio-economic burden to millions of people of all ages. Indoor residual spraying (IRS) remains one of the most effective ways of preventing this deadly disease.
In August 2011, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) entrusted Abt Associates with implementing the IRS 2 Indefinite Quantity Contract Task Order 4 (TO4). TO4 was designed to support PMI, as well as USAID Missions and Bureaus, in planning and implementing IRS programs with the overall goal of reducing the burden of malaria in Africa.
TO4, named the Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project, was tasked with ensuring that IRS remains a safe, cost-effective vector control strategy to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality. With direction from PMI and in partnership with host-country governments, Abt Associates implemented IRS and/or conducted entomological monitoring and surveillance activities in 16 countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Zambia, Zimbabwe) from August 2011- December 2014, protecting more than 36 million people from malaria. At PMI’s request, AIRS also provided technical assistance to the NMCP of Malawi for its 2013-2014 IRS campaign. Read the final report here.