Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
On April 24, the day before World Malaria Day, the Africa Indoor Residual Spraying project (AIRS) showcased its innovations in operations, entomological monitoring and evaluation, and environmental compliance at a lunchtime gathering at USAID’s downtown Washington, D.C. office. AIRS is funded by the USAID-led President’s Malaria Initiative and implemented by Abt Associates.
AIRS Epidemiologist Dereje Dengela, Operations Manager Allen Were, and Environmental Compliance and Safety Officer Peter Chandonait presented many of the new AIRS tools and innovations such as a mobile soak pit, entomological monitoring database, smartphone environmental assessments, and mobile mosquito labs to make IRS a more cost-effective, environmentally compliant, and sustainable malaria intervention.
The leader of the President’s Malaria Initiative – U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Tim Ziemer, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral – praised AIRS work and its role in helping to reduce malaria in Africa in a safe and effective way. He said AIRS is saving lives as it has protected more than 23 million people from malaria through indoor residual spraying since 2011.
For more information, watch AIRS videos, including AIRS’ most recent video – in Senegal.
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