Malaria Action Program for States, Nigeria

Malaria Action Program for States (MAPS) was a comprehensive five-year malaria program to improve malaria control in Nigeria. The aim of the program was to increase coverage and use of life-saving malaria interventions in support of the Nigeria National Malaria Strategic Plan and the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP).

This $65 million, USAID funded program is part of the global President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and complements USAID’s Target State High Impact Project (TSHIP), which focuses on improving primary health care services and management by filling gaps in capacity, building on institutional strengths, and improving each household’s ability to protect and promote its own health. MAPS currently covers the Nigerian states of Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Oyo, Zamfara and, more recently, Akwa Ibom and Kebbi.

The main outputs of the program focus on pregnant women and children under 5 years of age and include:

  • Supporting the scale up of proven malaria interventions including;
    • Attaining and maintaining a high level of insecticide treaded bednets
    • Improving malaria case management at facility and community level
    • Expanding use of diagnostics
    • Providing consistent delivery of intermittent preventive treatment to pregnant women
    • Promoting positive behaviours through information, education and communication and behaviour change communication activities, facilitating community mobilisation
  • Strengthening the management capacity of the State Ministry of Health and Local Government Area health personnel to provide oversight of malaria interventions
  • Improving capacity of the focus states and the NMCP to monitor and evaluate malaria interventions and data to guide programmatic decisions, optimally at national, state and LGA levels.

The consortium was led by FHI 360 in partnership with Health Partners International (HPI) and Malaria Consortium. HPI was responsible for strengthening the management capacity of the State Ministry of Health and Local Government Area health personnel to provide oversight of malaria interventions. HPI’s approach was based on regular on-the-job capacity building provided through a long term team based both at the federal and state levels supporting training, supervision and financial management with intermittent external consultancy expertise.

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