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Spray operators after receiving their payments.

Malaria is a leading cause of illness in Benin, accounting for 40% of outpatient visits and 25% of hospital admissions. When a family member gets sick with malaria, the cost of treatment is devastating. Households in Benin spend approximately one-quarter of their income on the prevention and treatment of malaria, according to the World Bank.


Indoor Residual Spraying Areas

AIRS implements IRS in all nine communes in Atacora Department in close collaboration with PMI/Benin and several Beninese government partners.

The 2015 IRS campaign was the ninth round of IRS supported by PMI in Benin and the fifth round of IRS in the Atacora Department.

In 2015, AIRS Benin enhanced and expanded the use of mobile health (mHealth) technology in IRS using short message service (SMS) and a data platform to collect daily IRS data from the field to the nine communes of Atacora. This mobile data is used to make real-time operational decisions during the IRS campaign while the project awaits verified M&E data for use in final reporting. Also in 2015, AIRS Benin used SMS texts in the nine communes to send daily reminders to spray operators, supervisors, and team leaders about issues detected by supervisors, such as incorrect use of personal protective equipment or suggestions to improve operational performance.


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Preventing malaria is essential to improving the health, education, and well-being of people in Benin.

Controlling malaria can prevent loss of income that occurs when a family member dies from malaria or misses work due to illness. In Africa, malaria costs $12 billion each year in lost economic productivity.

When children are healthy, they are more likely to attend school. Malaria causes 3-8% of all cause school absenteeism and up to 50% of readily preventable school absenteeism in Africa.

Globally, indoor residual spraying campaigns contribute to Millennium Development Goals 1 (eradicating extreme poverty and hunger), 4 (reduce child mortality), 5 (improve maternal health), and 6 (combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases).

Read the Benin PMI Country Profile to learn more.


AIRS Benin IRS Results, 2012

  • Start date: May 14
  • Length of campaign: 35 days
  • Areas covered: Atacora
# Structures Sprayed210,380
Spray Coverage95%
Total Population Protected652,777
Children under 5 Protected127,133
Pregnant Women Protected17,807
# People Trained825

AIRS Benin IRS Results, 2013

  • Start date: May 20
  • Length of campaign: 32 days
  • Areas covered: Boukoumbé, Cobly, Kérou, Kouandé, Matéri, Natitingou, Péhunco, Tanguiéta, and Toucountouna
# Structures Sprayed228,951
Spray Coverage95.8%
Total Population Protected694,729
Children under 5 Protected134,045
Pregnant Women Protected19,818
# People Trained804

AIRS Benin IRS Results, 2014

  • Areas covered: 9 communes: Boukoumbé, Cobly, Kérou, Kouandé, Matéri, Natitingou, Péhunco, Tanguiéta, and Toucountouna
# Structures Sprayed254,072
Spray Coverage99.5%
Total Population Protected789,883
Children under 5 Protected151,497
Pregnant Women Protected25,754
# People Trained1,642

AIRS Benin IRS Results, 2015

    # Structures Sprayed252,706
    Spray Coverage93.5%
    Total Population Protected802,597
    Children under 5 Protected156,863
    Pregnant Women Protected30,454
    # People Trained1,500

    AIRS Benin IRS Results, 2016

      # Structures Sprayed269,179
      Spray Coverage90.8%
      Total Population Protected858,113
      Children under 5 Protected167,041
      Pregnant Women Protected36,088
      # People Trained1,372