Despite years of progress, more than 400,000 people still die from malaria each year, most of them infants and children. Nearly half the world’s population is at risk of malaria and the burden of disease seriously hampers economic growth in many of the poorest countries. At CCP, we work in some of the nations hardest hit by this lethal mosquito-borne disease, employing every tool we have to make a difference.
We take a variety of different approaches to combat malaria:
- Our global VectorWorks project is designed to increase the use of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets in some of the world’s most remote corners, where we educate, distribute and monitor their deployment. These nets are our most effective weapon to date against malaria.
- Communication for Health, launched in 2016, is working with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to give government teams the communications tools needed to help communities adopt behaviors to improve mosquito control as well as malaria prevention and treatment.
- The Private Sector Malaria Prevention project is working in Ghana to create a sustainable commercial market for treated bed nets. We also work with businesses to help them promote malaria safe behaviors among their employees.
- Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) has used a two-pronged strategy in which community volunteers and local NGOs initiate face-to-face conversations about malaria issues, while at the same time those messages are reinforced through mass media campaigns.
- Breakthrough ACTION, a new $300-million USAID-funded global social and behavior change program, will work on malaria in several countries. In Guyana, for example, the focus will be on making sure people who are ill are being tested before being treated for malaria and also on encouraging the proper use of treated bed nets among mining and lumber workers.
- Our researchers, meanwhile, are focusing on the best ways to distribute these treated bed nets, how people use them and how long they last. Our findings inform global policy on nets and other mosquito-control methods.