Malaria is a leading cause of death in children under five in Malawi. It also contributes to anemia in children and is a common cause of school absenteeism. YPI supports a multifaceted, evidenced-based approach to malaria transmission reduction aimed at ultimate eradication of the disease in Malawi that is being implemented by a Malawian not-for-profit, North Blantyre Relief Project. This model involves ongoing training programs for frontline malaria health professionals, community education, operationalized data collection for targeted response, widespread distribution of five-year bed nets, and other related activities. The system has achieved significant results, notably significant declines in infant and child mortality rates from malaria in a region that is approximately 350 square kilometers. This approach to malaria eradication is low-cost, scalable, and sustainable.
YPI is supporting this initiative by providing bicycles to the frontline malaria health professionals and by purchasing medications for malaria treatment.