VectorWorks

Malaria claims the lives of more than 600,000 people each year, primarily infants and children. Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs’ VectorWorks project works to prevent the spread of malaria through increasing families’ access to long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), which protect family members from disease-carrying mosquitoes. Funded by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), VectorWorks aims to scale up vector control for malaria prevention through improved distribution of ITNs, capacity strengthening in monitoring the durability of ITNs, and contributing to global policies that are informed by the use of monitoring and evaluation data.

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The VectorWorks project works in 12 PMI focus countries throughout Africa and Asia, providing targeted assistance, monitoring and evaluation, capacity strengthening, and ITN delivery depending on the specific needs of the country.

“We’ve made great strides in malaria control in the past 15 years, but we have much more to do,” says Matthew Lynch, PhD, project director and director of CCP’s Global Program on Malaria. “Responding quickly and creatively to changing conditions requires improved data and expertise on the local level.”

Contact: Hannah Koenker, Global Program on Malaria, 410-659-6140 or hkoenker@jhu.edu.

Location:
Angola, DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

 

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Accomplishments
  • Published 6 peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Delivered 1,647,122 insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) through school-based distribution and 237,760 ITNs through health facility-based distribution

  • Distributed ITNs to 16,026 schools reaching 936,357 students and 1,432,305 ITNs through health facility-based distribution

  • In Ghana, held over 5,000 social and behavior change communication (SBCC) activities including community meetings, home visits, mass media airings and postings. Exposed over 6 million people to malaria messages.