SEATTLE — Tanzania, located in eastern Sub-Sahara Africa, has 93 percent of its population living in areas where malaria is transmitted. However, over the past 10 years, malaria death rates in Tanzania dropped by over 50 percent in adults and 53 percent in children. This drop is due to funding from local governments and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
Since 2006, Tanzania has been a part of PMI. The PMI plan is updated every year to rethink strategies and see what works and what does not. Some PMI programs include indoor residual spraying, social and behavior change communication, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation and operational research. There has also been a procurement of more than 9.5 million insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) since 2005. Thanks to these efforts, the malaria death rate in Tanzania is significantly lower than average in children and adults.
According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, by 2040 an …