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IMA has been contributing to malaria prevention, care and treatment in a number of malaria endemic countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa for more than 10 years. Through specific interventions and health systems strengthening programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, and Tanzania, IMA is working to advance malaria prevention, care and treatment outcomes, particularly for those most vulnerable such as pregnant women, and children under five. Additionally, IMA partnered with the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty to develop Sermon Guides for Christian and Muslim faith leaders for use in educating communities about malaria prevention and treatment.
IMA has been implementing malaria prevention, care and treatment programming in the DRC for over a decade. Through the USAID SANRU III ($25M) and Project AXxes ($60M), IMA provided integrated development assistance for primary health care health systems strengthening from 2001 to 2011. The most recent Project AXxes assisted 57 health zones in four provinces of eastern and southern DRC with a catchment population of approximately 8 million persons. In addition to providing disease-specific interventions for malaria, IMA increased access, quality and demand for overall health services. IMA provided quality care and treatment for malaria and promoted malaria prevention through intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) and long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs).
Over one million long lasting insecticide treated nets were distributed to pregnant women and children under five. The number of pregnant women receiving intermittent preventive treatment for malaria almost doubled by Year 4, with a total of 661,839 women receiving this treatment throughout the duration of the five-year program.
Additionally, IMA has been contributing to malaria prevention in the DRC through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since 2005. IMA is currently providing technical support to SANRU NGO in financial and procurement management to reinforce health services in 119 health zones. Activities are designed to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment using Rapid Diagnostic Kits and Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT). Long lasting insecticide treated nets are distributed to women and children as well.
Through IMA’s work with the South Sudan's government, international partners, and other health organizations in the expansion of the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS), IMA has been providing malaria prevention and treatment since 2008. The BPHS is a standard package of care that is being developed for populations in Jonglei and Upper Nile states, the country’s two largest states. IMA is collaborating with the State Ministry of Health to build core capacities of the health system and providing immediate delivery of essential services. These essential services include preventive primary and reproductive health services, curative services for diarrhea and tuberculosis, and malaria treatment and prevention through net distribution and awareness building.
Through the Global Fund Round 7 Malaria Project, IMA is also reducing the malaria burden in Jonglei and Upper Nile through the distribution of LLINs to vulnerable populations including pregnant women, and children under 5. Additionally, IMA is building the capacity of the health system to deliver malaria interventions through an enhanced HMIS and better use of data for decision making.
Together with the South Sudan government and partners, IMA is maintaining impressive results: 106,585 under fives were treated for malaria, 31,663 long lasting insecticide treated nets were distributed to children under five, and 24,021 nets were distributed to pregnant mothers.
Since 2008, IMA has been providing malaria prevention and treatment support in four districts (Lindi Rural, Mbinga, Masasi and Songea Rural) in Tanzania. Through the USAID President’s Malaria Initiative: Malaria Communities Program (MCP), IMA provides technical assistance in monitoring and evaluating (M&E) to our long-standing national partner, the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), through data collection tools and an M&E database that carries information on the training status of various health personnel providing malaria prevention and treatment.
Over 103 health workers, 46 accredited drug dispensing outlets, and 579 community health workers providing focused antenatal care and other malaria prevention and treatment strategies have been trained.
More than 50,000 people have been reached in 230 rural communities with best practices, and over 15,000 community and faith leaders have been mobilized with malaria prevention techniques through community outreach activities including the Malaria Sermon Guides for use by faith and community leaders, school assemblies, and scores of advocacy meetings.
Malaria prevention campaigns to educate, communicate and change behavior have reached over 200,000 residents. These materials include information on the causes of malaria and its harmful effects; home and family-based prevention techniques are also shared.
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