The World Health Organization says deaths from malaria have dropped by almost half since 2000 thanks to global prevention and control efforts, and IMA World Health is proud to be a part of this victory. For over a decade, IMA has been combating malaria by providing anti-malaria insecticide treated nets by the million, providing preventive treatment for pregnant women, improving access to malaria diagnostics, and educating communities about prevention and treatment, and more. There is still much work to be done to continue the downward trend in malaria infection and death, and IMA remains dedicated to the task, motivated by our successes to date.

South Sudan: Global Fund Malaria Project

Funding: $3.5M • Global Fund/PSI • 2011 – 2014
IMA is reducing the malaria burden in Jonglei and Upper Nile states through the distribution of long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) to vulnerable populations including pregnant women and children under five years of age at the household and health facility levels.

Key Achievements (to date):

Net distribution: Distributed 23 million LLINs.

Through the OFDA-funded Emergency Medical Care and Nutrition Response Project in South Sudan, IMA delivered 2,450 LLINS to project sites for the prevention of malaria among people displaced by conflict this year.

IMA is piloting an innovative approach to distribution of LLINs that includes hang-up strategies and tracks LLIN distribution and coverage through the use of mobile devices through the Access to Primary Health Care Project (ASSP) in DR Congo, that has resulted in distribution of 167,989 LLINs to pregnant women and children under one. The project has also provided 201,730 pregnant women with two doses of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria prevention.


IMA Revolutionizes Bed Net Distribution and Accountability

In summer 2014, the ASSP team distributed 3,000 treated malaria nets in Nyanga, DR Congo -- a pilot project to test the distribution methods and, most importantly, a new method of using cellphones to capture GPS coordinates and photos of every household receiving a net.

IMA trained over 40 community volunteers, doctors and other staff on cellphone usage and Open Data Kit (ODK) software in Nyanga. Following the pilot distribution, the ASSP team plotted the data into an interactive map. By clicking on a point on the map, the viewer can see the name of the recipient, a photo of the recipient and/or the net, and the number of nets installed in that household.

IMA believes this new technology is not only setting a new standard for IMA as distribution continues in 8 other health zones, but also the bed net community at large -- creating a new level of transparency and accountability.

DR Congo: Global Fund Malaria Project

Funding: $3.6M • Global Fund • 2012 – 2014
As sub-recipient to SANRU NGO, a local NGO in the DRC and one of the largest principal recipients of funding from the Global Fund, IMA ensures that 38 Health Zones are supplied with malaria diagnostics, treatment, and prevention commodities. This includes supply of LLINs as well as intermittent preventive therapy for pregnant women (IPTp) to prevent malaria.

Empowering Local Partners:

Since helping to establish SANRU, a local Congolese health organization, over a decade ago, IMA has continually supported it through technical support and capacity building. Today, SANRU is a leading regional organization and the largest Global Fund Prime Recipient in Africa, thanks in large part to IMA support.

Key Achievements This Year

  • Net distribution: Distributed 361,297 LLINs to pregnant women and children under 5 years of age.
  • Malaria prevention: Provided 2 doses of IPTp to 186,136 pregnant women in ANC.
  • Treatment: Provided treatment for 850,180 cases of malaria.
  • Diagnostics: Provided diagnostics for almost 100% of expected malaria cases.