Ghana - Private Sector Malaria Prevention (PSMP) Project

GLobal Health Topic / Theme

Infectious/Communicable Diseases, Pilot Project

Department / Unit:

Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs




Accra, with possibility for travel within Ghana

City/Town Type:


Project ID


Type of Project:

Practice Placement

Service Dates:

From: 06/01/2017 - 08/01/2017

Length of Service:

8 weeks

Cost of Living:

$1,300 / month

Background: The Private Sector Malaria Prevention (PSMP) project addresses a cutting-edge need in the evolving malaria control landscape.  After years of global free distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) in malaria endemic countries, ownership of LLINs has rapidly increased, bringing major benefits to millions of families now protected from malaria.  While the benefits in lives saved from these efforts are indisputable, this success has also brought with it a cost: it is now difficult for households to buy a net when needed. This situation is in large part due to a lack of financial incentives for the private sector to participate in malaria prevention, resulting in a dependency on donor-provided free nets. There is a need to help restart private sector supply chains and demand creation for retail sales of nets, with a focus on sustainability and market growth. Additionally, there is a need for companies to invest in wellness programs that focus on malaria prevention. The Private Sector Malaria Prevention (PSMP) project is designed to fill those needs.

PSMP is a three-year project funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and operated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP).  The purpose of the PSMP is to catalyze private sector engagement in malaria control, in particular in the supply and distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN). 

Aim: To catalyze private sector engagement in malaria control, in particular in the supply and distribution of LLINs

Location: Ghana - Greater Accra, Western and Ashanti

3 Focal Areas:

  • Retail Supply Chain and Demand Creation: Facilitate expansion of the commercial sector's distribution of LLINs in urban retail markets.
  • Workplace Programs: Accelerate employer efforts to protect employees and communities from malaria.
  • Advocacy: Raise the profile and commitment by the private sector in malaria control.

Specific Objectives of PSMP:

  • Increase the number of retail outlets stocking LLINs;
  • Increase the demand for specialty LLINs sold in retail stores;
  • Increase the number of LLINs distributed/sold to households through commercial outlet sources compared to 2014 Demographic and Health Survey;
  • Increase the number of employers distributing LLINs through their workplace programs;
  • Increase monetary value of non-public sector sources of LLINs for malaria prevention.

Position Details:

The final scope of work will be determined in partnership with the chosen student and project chief of party to ensure the student is able to achieve his or her learning objectives while making meaningful contributions to the project. Activities may include:

  • Contribute to project design based on results of market analysis
  • Evaluate established retail supply chain for LLINs
  • Evaluate advertising for LLINs (generic and brand-specific) to help determine effect and reach
  • Interface with, and build strong relationships with, key stakeholders in the public and private sector
  • Contribute to project reports and other deliverables
  • Document best practices and lessons learned
  • Evaluate the integration of gender and persons with disabilities into program activities
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of program activities

This placement would be a good fit for someone who:

This placement would be a good fit for someone who is interested in getting hands on experience in global health programming. It is also a great opportunity to learn about public-private partnerships in public health, market research and supply chain organization in sub-Saharan Africa. 

The professional environment of this placement is:

The environment requires a very high level of professionalism. The student will be interacting with national Ministry of Health officials, stakeholders from the private sector, including LLIN manufacturers, distributors, business owners etc. and will need to represent the project in a positive and professional manner at all times.

Student status required/preferred/accepted:

1- Graduate Only

Other language preference (if any):


Student skills/abilities required (narrative: e.g. Epi skills, clinical lab experience, research protocols):

An ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, excellent writing skills, knowledge of the private sector, and experience working with a wide range of stakeholders. 

Project Owner name:

Danielle Piccinini

Project Owner Email:

Mentorship and Communication Style

I am a very open communicator, who likes to provide the support needed to ensure a student's success.  I am a huge proponent of frequent communication and am always happy to answer questions or provide feedback when desired. Through mentorship, I aim to aid in the provision of a positive and productive experience for the student with whom I will be working.

Complimentary Student Style and Expectations

A complimentary student would be self-motivated and dedicated to his/her work.  He or she would be willing to take risks and learn by doing, but also reach out for support when needed. Additionally, she or he would feel comfortable working in new environments with people of different backgrounds and cultures.


Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

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