By Dr. Derick Pasternak, Ambassador, Malaria Science & Research Coordinator, MPI


The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated April 25 as World Malaria Day 2023 and has promulgated three “Key Messages” to guide our actions as we go forward. Malaria Partners International (MPI) is an international organization growing out of and in partnership with Rotary Clubs. The main target of MPI’s efforts is Sub-Saharan Africa, which harbors 95% of Plasmodium falciparum malaria.  MPI is active in all spheres covered by the Key Messages.

  1. Invest

MPI is a small organization, but it “punches above its weight.”  Funds raised are leveraged by matching funds, applied to locally focused projects that can be scaled to wider ranging campaigns to prevent malaria.  By facilitating collaborative fund raising initiated by individual Rotary Clubs world-wide, MPI engages major NGOs to jointly invest in campaigns utilizing proven approaches to malaria control.

  1. Innovate

At the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting in 2022, MPI reported on its project that engaged private and public sector agencies to build a single team to train 2500 community healthcare workers to be deployed in integrated community case management (iCCM+) in districts in Zambia.  MPI is also about to participate in the collaboration between The Gambia and Senegal with coordinated efforts in border areas of the two countries.  Building on Senegal’s iCCM+ and malaria surveillance experience, The Gambia is planning the development of digitized malaria surveillance in North Bank communities along the Senegal border.

  1. Implement

The aim of MPI is implementation of prevention and treatment in malaria-ridden communities.  Our signature achievement has been serving as catalyst of the first Rotary International (RI) Program of Scale, “Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia.”  This 3-year project with USD 2 million each from each from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Vision United States, and RI (including many individual Rotary Clubs) supports iCCM+ in ten districts in Zambia.

Malaria Partners Zambia Q1: Achievements and Impact

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Malaria Partners Zambia (MPZ) has been diligently working towards malaria eradication during the first quarter of 2024. Malaria Partners Zambia projects remains committed to acknowledging excellence and dedication within the community health workforce through various...

May 2024 Science & Research Report

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By Dr. Derick Pasternak, Ambassador, Malaria Science & Research Coordinator, MPI From the WHO (2024 Apr 25, https://www.afro.who.int/countries/benin/news/major-step-malaria-prevention-three-west-african-countries-roll-out-vaccine): “Cotonou/Freetown/Monrovia — In...

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