President's Malaria Initiative

Since launching Stomping Out Malaria in Africa in 2011, the Peace Corps has trained and sent over 500 specialized malaria prevention Volunteers to serve in communities across Africa that have an urgent need for human resources to combat malaria.

"The way in which I've been able hit the ground running as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer, with the mosquito net durability study ... has been very rewarding." —Jane Coleman

Stomping Out Malaria in Africa was built on the vision that through strategic partnerships, targeted mobilization of human resources, intelligent use of information technology, and radically efficient use of seed funding, the Peace Corps will focus the efforts of over 3,000 Volunteers in sub-Saharan Africa to make an immediate and measurable impact in the fight against malaria.

The program has three goals

  1. Fighting malaria in our communities. We work to ensure every malaria-impacted Peace Corps Volunteer community, from rural to urban, has universal bed-net coverage and comprehensive malaria prevention and treatment education programs.
  2. Partnering to defeat malaria in our communities. We work with strategic partners in all malaria-impacted Peace Corps countries to achieve the internationally agreed upon milestones in malaria elimination.
  3. Building a malaria prevention community internationally. We work with strategic partners to catalyze a community of practice for front-line malaria prevention professionals, documenting and sharing of malaria prevention best practices internationally.

Our 2015 results

  • In fiscal year 2015, Volunteers directly reached 256,233 beneficiaries with malaria prevention activities in 16 countries.
  • 1,069 Volunteers engaged in malaria prevention activities, up from 667 the prior year. Collaborative activities, such as youth camps, drove the increase.
  • The most engaged country was Benin, with 85 percent of all Volunteers participating in malaria prevention.
  • A quarter of all Volunteers engaged in malaria prevention worked with an institutional partner. The largest was Grassroot Soccer, with 5 percent of all malaria Volunteers working with GRS.