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Malaria: Lessons from adapting vector control activities in Africa during COVID-19

When COVID-19 began spreading across the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) called on countries to continue malaria services to prevent further strain on fragile health systems. Preventable malaria cases competed with COVID-19 cases for hospital beds and medical attention, and malaria protection would also allow countries’ health systems to adaptively allocate funds to emerging health crises, including COVID-19, rather than malaria.
Heeding WHO’s call was essential, and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) VectorLink Project needed to continue to be implemented while also protecting frontline health workers, staff, partners and community members from COVID-19. Contending with border closures, national lockdowns and drastic cost increases in the production, supply and delivery of malaria commodities, the project has successfully carried out more than 30 high-quality, on-time IRS campaigns since February 2020 and helped to distribute nearly 12 million ITNs, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic.
This seminar will be led by Brad Longman, the PMI VectorLink project’s regional vector control manager responsible for vector control operations across 24 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. He will discuss how the project identified ways to adapt its implementation of a variety of malaria vector control activities to the COVID-19 context through innovative approaches, allowing for minimal coverage disruptions of life-saving interventions while mitigating the COVID-19 risk from project activities to community members and project staff.

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Meeting ID: 972 0449 6304

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Lecture or Presentation

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Health and Well-being, Research


Community Members, Faculty and Staff, Student, Alumni, Industry Partner, Online






College of Health
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Chunhuei Chi

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