Human management

A call to support “United to Beat Malaria”

Earlier this year, I began working with Jonathan Kidwell as I researched ways for the professional North American pest management community to help combat vector-borne diseases and food insecurity in the global scale. Kidwell is the Senior Partnerships and Development Officer for “United to defeat malaria”, a campaign funded by the Washington, D.C. United Nations Foundation (UN).

While at the time of printing, food supply efforts are in the exploratory stage, we as Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) have an opportunity to help support the efforts of this group. to reduce the threat of malaria, extending our impact as protectors of public health to families around the world. .


Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss the Unite to Defeat Malaria campaign with Kidwell to raise this issue in the minds of Pest Management Professional readers. Many people have heard of the ‘Nothing But Bed Nets’ campaign launched in 2006. ‘Unite to Defeat Malaria’ is not a substitute for this effort; on the contrary, it leans on it. Providing mosquito nets in Third World countries is a simple, tangible and immediate measure that can limit people’s exposure to infected mosquitoes in their homes. However, this is only one step among many others.

Just as the pest management industry has embraced the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach, United to Beat Malaria now employs multiple strategies to pursue the fight. In addition to providing insecticide-treated bed nets, campaign efforts include providing preventative drugs to pregnant women; equipment and materials for interior residual applications; diagnostic tests; and post-exposure medications.

“The impact of the campaign goes beyond funding projects on the ground,” says Kidwell. “‘Unite to Defeat Malaria’ is committed to building and strengthening partnerships and mobilizing malaria champions around the world who are mobilizing their communities and elected officials to fight this disease – a disease we can eradicate within of this generation.”


Dan Baudouin

Dan Baldwin, BCE, CCFS, CP-FS

The United Nations Foundation is looking for partners, advocates and ambassadors, and I can’t think of an industry more apt to help than ours. Kidwell points out that the campaign doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to partnership opportunities. On the contrary, partnerships can take many forms, including direct financial support; educate our communities, talk to legislators; and providing advertising space on company websites to draw attention to this critical issue.

The fight against malaria, other vector-borne diseases, and food insecurity from pests and losses are all winnable. Like an IPM system, however, it will require input from a variety of sources. Funding is always important, but getting the word out in our industry and our communities is vitally important.

To learn more about United to Beat Malaria and the United Nations Foundation, visit or contact Kidwell at To find out how you can help support efforts to address food insecurity due to food damage and loss, please contact me directly at

Malaria facts at a glance

  • Anopheles mosquitoes can carry the parasite responsible for malaria.
  • Malaria remains one of the most important and burdensome diseases facing humanity, even though it is preventable and treatable.
  • Nearly half of the world’s population lives in areas at risk of malaria transmission in 87 countries and territories.
  • In 2020, malaria caused an estimated 241 million clinical episodes and 627,000 deaths, mostly among children and pregnant women. It is estimated that 95% of these deaths occurred in the African region of the World Health Organization (WHO).