PMI AIRS Project Takes on Zika

The PMI AIRS Project Expands to Fight Zika in Latin America and the Caribbean

The USAID-funded President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project expanded its scope of work to support USAID Missions and Bureaus to plan, implement, and monitor and evaluate vector control activities to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria and Zika. The project will continue to implement indoor residual spraying and entomological monitoring and surveillance in 17 countries in Africa while also addressing vector-borne diseases, including Zika in Latin American and Caribbean countries where USAID supports vector control efforts. The overall goal of the USAID-funded work in Latin American and the Caribbean, named the Zika AIRS Project or ZAP, is to reduce the burden of vector-borne diseases by enhancing USAID’s ability to implement mosquito control programs on the ground. ZAP will provide technical expertise, build local governments’ capacity, create innovative implementation models, conduct cost-effective commodity procurement and logistics systems, and engage local communities in affected countries. Specifically, ZAP will provide support in environmental management, larviciding, and entomological monitoring.

ZAP will begin work in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti and Honduras, and expand its reach in the coming year.