IRS Mali PIC 060

Mali’s first ever insectary in a box.

Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Mali. Approximately, 1 in 5 children die before their fifth birthday. Mali’s Ministry of Health reported that in 2011 the disease accounted for 41% of all outpatient visits and half of outpatient visits among children under 5.


Indoor Residual Spraying Areas

IRS remains one of the key malaria control interventions within Mali. The President’s Malaria Initiative began supporting IRS in Mali in 2008 in Bla and Koulikoro districts. In 2010, due to the Ministry of Health’s interest in IRS, PMI expanded the program to a third district, Baroueli. AIRS Mali is spraying in Baroueli, Bla, and Koulikoro districts in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2015,

In 2015 AIRS Mali aimed to reduce malaria-associated morbidity and mortality in Baroueli and Koulikoro districts through IRS. AIRS Mali conducted timely spray quality tests that indicated almost 100 percent mortality within 24 hours after spraying and continues to collect data on monthly insecticide residual life.

AIRS Mali has designed an electronic system to better manage insecticide inventory. The system, known as the “e-inventory”, is an Access-based database that provides a daily balance of all insecticides located in all secondary stores and two central warehouses. On a daily basis, secondary storekeepers send an evening balance of insecticide in stock to a central warehouse manager, who enters the information in the database and reviews the daily balances against the targets established. The AIRS Mali team in Bamako has full remote access to the database and can monitor the levels of stocks and daily usage, which will help with overall management of spray operations. The team began using it in the Koulikoro region in 2013 and extended it to Baroueli in 2014.


The e-inventory system impacts IRS management at two levels. At the central warehouse level, complete information on the insecticide helps the managers to avoid stock-outs and to timely dispatch additional insecticide to the secondary stores as needed. Automated purchase orders and release forms expedite the process. At the country program level, it helps the program managers to monitor the overall status of insecticide inventory and report projected shortages to the PMI AIRS Project home office.


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

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 Mali PMI Country Profile to learn more.


AIRS Mali IRS Results, 2012

  • Start date: July 23
  • Length of campaign: 45 days
  • Areas covered: Baroueli, Bla, and Koulikoro
# Structures Sprayed206,295
Spray Coverage98%
Total Population Protected762,146
Children under 5 Protected145,953
Pregnant Women Protected18,561
# People Trained872

AIRS Mali IRS Results, 2013

  • Start date: August 1
  • Length of campaign: 46 days
  • Areas covered: Baroueli, Bla, and Koulikoro
# Structures Sprayed228,985
Spray Coverage97.9%
Total Population Protected850,104
Children under 5 Protected153,962
Pregnant Women Protected22,405
# People Trained853

AIRS Mali IRS Results, 2014

  • Start date: July 15 in Bla and Baroueli; Aug 11 in Koulikoro
  • Length of campaign: 40 days
  • Areas covered: Bla, Barouéli and Koulikoro
# Structures Sprayed228,123
Spray Coverage97.6%
Total Population Protected836,568
Children under 5 Protected154,764
Pregnant Women Protected22,352
# People Trained911

AIRS Mali IRS Results, 2015

    # Structures Sprayed133,527
    Spray Coverage98.2%
    Total Population Protected494,205
    Children under 5 Protected87,861
    Pregnant Women Protected13,219
    # People Trained582

    AIRS Mali IRS Results, 2016

      # Structures Sprayed228,672
      Spray Coverage97.1%
      Total Population Protected788,922
      Children under 5 Protected135,754
      Pregnant Women Protected20,813
      # People Trained1,216

      AIRS Mali IRS Results, 2017

      • Start date: July 10
      • Length of campaign: 35 days
      • Areas covered: Mopti Region
      # Structures Sprayed
      Spray Coverage
      Total Population Protected
      Children under 5 Protected
      Pregnant Women Protected
      # People Trained