About Malaria Prevention


Malaria prevention and control remains a major U.S. foreign assistance objective and PMI's Strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government's vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015-2020, the U.S. Government's goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, towards the long-term goal of elimination.

Once remote mapping for these districts is complete, Peace Corps Volunteers and their Mozambican counterparts on the ground will use printed Field Papers to groundtruth and add local knowledge to the remotely traced base map. These districts will host IRS (indoor residual spraying) campaigns for malaria prevention in October 2016. The IRS campaigns are sponsored by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), a collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and implemented by Abt Associates. Geographic data from OpenStreetMap will help the planning teams to better estimate the number of sprayable households per village or town.

Tracing Tips

  • Buildings are the main feature we are mapping for this task. Peace Corps ground teams will validate building collection and add building type
  • Pay close attention to alignment of imagery and adjust when necessary. Imagery should be adjusted to match existing OSM data.


Metal Roof Buildings

Many buildings in Mozambique are made with mud and brick and have a metal roof. Metal roofing material can come in various colors, shapes, and sizes. Metal roof buildings can be identified by their square or rectangle shape, and usually have a defined pitch to displace rainwater during the wet season.


Thatched Roof Buildings

Many buildings in Mozambique are made with brick and mud and have thatched roofs, as featured in this image. Thatch is a roofing material made from dry vegetation, and made into a roof by layering vegetation to shed water away from the inner roof. Thatch roofs have a rounded appearance and typically do not have edges and corners that are as defined as metal roofs.