Christian Aid receives funding from the National Malaria Elimination Programme, which is implemented by the Global Fund.
The project seeks to:
- Improve access to long-lasting insecticide treated nets for the prevention of malaria.
- Improve the treatment of malaria in health facilities.
- Improve the procurement and supply chain of anti-malarial medicines.
- Expand malaria prevention services services among pregnant women.
The Global Fund
The project targets 628 primary and 39 secondary health care facilities from the 39 local government areas in Anambra and Edo States in Nigeria
October 2015 – March 2017 (extension from Dec 16 to March 17)
US $3.4 million
The project aims to strengthen health systems by focusing on:
- Improving coordination.
- Routine distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Treated Nets (LLIN's).
- Improving treatment of malaria case management.
- Improving malaria commodity logistics systems and data management.
The programme was delivered through state and local government staff from the State Ministry of Health, State Malaria Elimination Programme and local government authorities.
Training has been provided on routine distribution of nets, malaria in pregnancy, case management of malaria, commodity logistics, and monitoring and evaluation.
The project has helped to create yearly operational plans for malaria in Anambra and Edo states.
Medical staff training
117 senior doctors and nurses in the two states were trained as state level trainers on different malaria thematic areas.
We subsequently trained 1,326 healthcare workers (junior/community health extension workers and nurses) selected from the 667 Global Fund-supported health facilities in both states.
They received training on health management information systems, management of severe and uncomplicated malaria cases, malaria in pregnancy, managing malaria in the community, continuous distribution of nets and malaria commodity logistics systems at state and local government levels.
630 community members known as role model caregivers were trained to carry out home management of malaria in Anambra state. Furthermore, health facilities have also been strengthened to improve quality of services by using diagnostic options - testing before treatment.
Malaria prevention and treatment
The end of the project saw an increased use of malaria prevention and treatment options within target locations.