CGHD Director Jonathon Simon Presents Malaria Report to Congress

June 6, 2012

Jonathon Simon, director of the BU Center for Global Health & Development, gave a presentation on Capitol Hill on the findings of a top-level evaluation of the PMI done by him and a team of researchers, hosted by two Congressional caucuses, the Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Global Health Caucus. The findings deem the program “very successful,” while cautioning that sustaining those successes will require changes in approach to overcome increasing resistance to insecticides and to artesunate-based drugs.

The history of malaria control has been one of temporary success followed by failure, according to the team led by Simon. PMI has helped create a success in this latest attempt at malaria control; figuring out a strategy for sustaining these advances and adapting to biologic, political, and financial challenges is essential for keeping history from repeating itself.

The review of the first five years of the PMI was done by a team of researchers from the CGHD, former World Health Organization scientists, and other university faculty, who spent seven months conducting country site visits and extensive interviews with malaria program personnel.

The goal of the malaria initiative is to reduce malaria-related deaths through proven interventions, including insecticide-treated nets, indoor residual spraying (IRS), intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, and artemisinin-based combination therapies. The initiative was begun under the administration of President George W. Bush and has been extended through 2013. In 2009, President Obama launched the Global Health Initiative as the next chapter of American leadership and incorporated the PMI as one of its core components.

Besides Simon, CGHD researchers on the report include Kojo Yeboah-Antwi and Mohamad Ibrahim (Bram) Brooks.

Copied from a BU Today article by Lisa Chedekel