World Malaria Day – End Malaria for Good

As a key partner in malaria control and elimination programmes, Health Partners International (HPI) invites you to celebrate the tremendous gains made so far on Roll Back Malaria’s World Malaria Day 2017 by exploring the impact we have had with our partners in countries such as Nigeria in the fight against malaria. Through a governance and health systems lens that places greatest emphasis on government and local civil society roles in long-lasting solutions, HPI focusses on strengthening the capacity of National Malaria Control Programmes at all levels and amongst all stakeholders to maintain efforts in reducing morbidity and mortality from malaria. In recent years, in addition to health systems and governance we have focused particularly on building local on-the-job capacity for management of malaria control programmes.

As a lead partner in Support to the Nigeria Malaria Control Programme (SuNMaP), funded by UK aid, HPI has encouraged the effective coordination and streamlining of support to malaria control at local government, state and Federal level in Nigeria. This includes efforts to improve access to malaria diagnosis and efficacious case management, and delivery and implementation of interventions particularly through local engagement in delivery of long-lasting insecticidal nets through campaigns and routine channels. In total, SuNMaP saved the lives of an estimated 48,000 children under five years old. By including the private sector in strategic efforts, SuNMaP increased the accessibility and capacity of malaria control initiatives even further. Read more on what we have learned about building national capacity for universal coverage for malaria control here.

Similarly, the Malaria Action Programme for States (MAPS) has been implemented over 5 years by FHI 360 and partners, including HPI. Funded by USAID, this programme is part of the global President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to achieve improved malaria treatment and prevention. It has delivered over 1.4 million bed nets. MAPS primarily focused on pregnant women and children under five and also increased the use of insecticide treated nets through behaviour change communication activities. By working at state and local government level, HPI was able to use the focus on malaria to strengthen the whole health system. The MAPS programme also mobilised funding for malaria control, provided better information, and even improved blood banks to fight malaria. You can read more about the role of MAPS and HPI in the fight to eliminate malaria here.

Today malaria continues to impact the lives of the poor and vulnerable in many countries.  By joining our efforts with the global community we can end malaria in many countries and, in our generation, make the deaths and immense suffering it causes, a long-lasting achievement.

HPI will continue the fight together with partners to End Malaria for Good of all in our times.

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