I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
When it was launched in 2005, the goal of the President’s Malaria Initiative ( PMI ) was to reduce malaria - related mortality by 50% across 15 high -burden countries in sub -Saharan Africa through a rapid scale -up of four proven and highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures: insecticide -treated mosquito nets (ITNs); indoor r esidual spraying (IRS); accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment with artemisinin -based combination therapies (ACTs); and intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women (IPTp). With the passage of the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership agai nst HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act in 2008, PMI developed a U.S. Government Malaria Strategy for 2009 –2014. This strategy included a long-term vision for malaria control in which sustained high coverage with malaria prevention and treatment interv entions would progressively lead to malaria -free zones in Africa, with the ultimate goal of worldwide malaria eradication by 2040 -2050. Consistent with this strategy and the increase in annual appropriations supporting PMI, four new sub -Saharan African cou ntries and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia were added in 2011. The contributions of PMI, together with those of other partners, have led to dramatic improvements in the coverage of malaria control interventions in PMI -supported countries, and all 15 original countries have documented substantial declines in all -cause mortality rates among children less than five years of age.
In 2015, PMI launched the next six-year strategy, setting forth a bold and ambitious goal and objectives.
The PMI Strategy for 2015 -2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen . Malaria prevention and control remains a major U.S. foreign assistance objective and PMI’s S trategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. It is also in line with the goals articulated in the RBM Partnership’s second generation g lobal m alaria action plan, Action and Investment to defeat Malaria (AIM) 2016-2030: for a Malaria-Free World and WHO’s updated Global Technical Strategy: 2016 - 2030 . Under the PMI Strategy 2015-2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, towards the long-term goal of elimination.
Zimbabwe was selected as a PMI focus country in FY 2011.
This FY 2018 Malaria Operational Plan presents a detailed implementation plan for Zimbabwe based on the strategies of PMI and the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP). It was developed in consultation with the NMCP and with the participation of national and international partners involved in malaria prevention and control in the country. The activities that PMI is proposing to support fit in well with the NMCP s trategy and plan and build on investments made by PMI and other partners to improve and expand malaria-related services, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund) malaria grants. This document briefly reviews the current status of malaria control policies and interventions in Zimbabwe , describes progress to date, identifies challenges and unmet needs to achieving the targets of the NMCP and PMI, and provides a description of activities that are planned with FY 20 18 funding.