We recognize there has been great progress made in achieving impact and decreasing the global burden of malaria. However many challenges still remain, prompting the need for renewed collaboration and commitment by our global community to fight malaria. , MCHIP stands alongside Rollback Malaria (RBM) and the global malaria community as it celebrates the fourth annual World Malaria Day the 25th of April.
One of MCHIP’s goals is to support a reduction in the global burden of malaria morbidity and mortality. MCHIP is a key contributor to the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) goal to reduce malaria deaths by half in 15 target countries by reaching 85 percent coverage of the most vulnerable groups—children under five years of age and pregnant women—with proven and effective malaria prevention and treatment measures such as: insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying, lifesaving antimalarial drugs, and treatment to prevent malaria in pregnant women.
MCHIP brings proven leadership and technical expertise to help countries address and scale up prevention and treatment of malaria. Working in close collaboration with the PMI team at the country and headquarter levels, along with Ministries of Health and the communitiesMCHIP builds national and local capacities and strengthens health systems so that they may accelerate scale-up for prevention and treatment programs that support policies of malaria in pregnancy ( MIP) and community case management (CCM) in children under five.
To date, with the support of PMI, MCHIP works in 14 countries. Completed documentation of MIP best practices and lessons learned have been completed in Zambia and are near completion in Senegal and Malawi. The case studies are valuable for informing future MIP programming in those countries and represent an analytical framework that other countries can model to inform their specific program needs. MCHIP has also worked to target and address MIP bottlenecks in Nigeria, as well as provide technical and programmatic support to Burkina Faso to help accelerate malaria prevention and control focusing on MIP, diagnostics, and case management.
MCHIP also advances global work on malaria prevention, early identification, and treatment of fever in children under five in the context of integrated Community Case Management (CCM). By strengthening the overall preventive messages and interventions at the community level, while focusing on wide-scale distribution and proper use of ITNs, encouraging early and frequent antenatal care attendance, and improving household recognition of danger signs and prompt care-seekin and treatment, MCHIP hopes to address three major childhood killers (malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea).
In addition, MCHIP works with communities by supporting the various malaria prevention and treatment activities led and carried out by community based non-governmental organizations. Examples include: increased ITN ownership and use, prompt effective care seeking, early ANC attendance, use of Intermittent Preventive Treatment for pregnant women (IPTp), and cooperation with Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) efforts.
MCHIP stands proudly with RBM, PMI and our partners in the global community in the fight against malaria so that no woman or child loses their lives due to malaria. We know what works and we know how to implement programs to successfully reduce the burden of disease due to malaria. Please join MCHIP in supporting global effort to achieving the progress and impact In the fight against malaria
Thank you for your support.
Co-Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Malaria In Pregnancy working group