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Annual Review 2014-15

Highlights of the year 2014-15



2014-15 was another positive year for Malaria Consortium. We continued to deliver against our mission to improve lives in Africa and Asia through sustainable, evidence-based programmes that combat targeted diseases and promote child and maternal health.

Read some of the highlights below or download the PDF here.

In 2014-15 we

Scaled up our efforts in malaria prevention

We have been committed to addressing the gaps in global prevention and control of malaria, applying the appropriate mix of interventions as well as developing a clear understanding of the drivers of change to inform and influence malaria prevention strategies.

  • We were awarded a grant to oversee the ACCESS-SMC project, which is the largest-yet global programme to scale up SMC across seven countries.
  • We partnered with the Uganda government to distribute over 21 million nets across the country – a major milestone in the country’s efforts towards malaria control.
  • We continued to increase our understanding of malaria: we assessing the acceptability of insecticide treated clothing in the Greater Mekong Subregion in Southeast Asia, exploring the effect of insecticide use for malaria in Uganda and understanding of pyrethroid resistance patterns in malaria vectors through our major long-term research project, Beyond Garki.
  • In Uganda, our COMDIS-HSD project piloted an intervention to increase health workers knowledge of knowledge of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy for malaria. 

Read more highlights by downloading the PDF here.

Combatted neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)


We have been using the lessons learnt from malaria control to help meet the challenge of NTDs.

  • We evaluated positive deviance on dengue prevention and control in Myanmar as well as in Cambodia, and assisted the Cambodia government in evaluating low cost and effective methods to reduce the burden of dengue.
  • In Nigeria, we developed a decision tree tool combining the control of malaria and NTDs to guide policymakers and implementers in carrying out an integrated package of interventions.
  • In South Sudan, we were selected by the government to lead a situation analysis report which will inform the revision of the NTD strategy for the next five years.
  • We provided over 100,000 school children in Ethiopia with preventive treatment for a range of NTDs.
  • We assessed how community dialogues can be effective for the prevention and control of schistosomiasis, which is endemic in Nampula province, Mozambique. 

Read more highlights by downloading the PDF
 here.

Improved diagnosis and treatment of malaria and other infections

We are responding to the challenge of equitable access to diagnosis and appropriate treatment of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea is a huge challenge by developing and implementing interventions that focus on accurate diagnosis, especially in areas where resources are limited.

  • Through our pneumonia diagnostics project, we have been testing a selection of new field diagnostic tools for pneumonia for community health workers’ use in Cambodia, South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia.
  • Over 140,000 children were diagnosed and treated through our iCCM work in Uganda. In Mozambique, over 380,000 cases of childhood illness were treated.
  • In the Northern Bahr el Ghazal state in South Sudan, we conducted research on the barriers to improving health and nutrition referrals to healthcare centres and nutrition workers.
  • We continued to introduce innovative approaches to deliver care for malnourished children. In Nigeria, for example, we explored how an SMC delivery platform can be used effectively for nutrition interventions.
  • In Uganda, our five-year Pioneer project ended, with key results showing increased coverage of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs), strengthened health-seeking behaviour and improved malaria diagnosis.

Read more highlights by downloading the PDF here.

Made an impact at community level

We are using out many years of experience implementing iCCM projects to control malaria and other conditions, particularly in hard-to-reach areas.

  • In Uganda and Mozambique, through our inSCALE project, we worked to identify, test and scale up the use of mobile phones by community health workers (CHWs) as a tool for managing cases of illness, resulting in an improvement in the appropriate treatment and retention of CHWs in Uganda.
  • We reached over 500 communities in Uganda, spreading positive health-seeking behaviours and knowledge of health issues through our inSCALE village health clubs.

Read more highlights by downloading the PDF here.

Worked to strengthen the health system

Health systems effectiveness and efficiency has always been one of our core principles, focusing on capacity from the state level to the local level by developing training materials for SMC distribution, severe malaria case management and iCCM implementation.

  • In Uganda, we completed a project in Mbale which provided useful insights on strengthening health systems.
  • In Ethiopia, nearly 500 health workers and teachers received training on the quantification, dispensing and monitoring the safety of de-worming drugs.
  • More than 500 private sector providers have been trained on diagnosing and treating febrile illnesses through a specially developed blended e-learning course.
  • In Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda, we trained health workers on the delivery of injectable artesunate.
  • In Mozambique, we developed the inSCALE CommCare smart phone application resulting to a reduction in the number of illness episodes owing to the use of this application.

Read more highlights by downloading the PDF here.

Made progress with improving the quality of data

 We continue to help fill data gaps through surveys, monitoring and evaluation activities, and support to governments to improve centralised data management systems.


Read more highlights by downloading the PDF here.

Saw progress on moving towards malaria elimination

We continue to be at the forefront of  the malaria elimination agenda, taking the lessons learnt from countries that have been successful in eliminating malaria and applying them to high-transmission countries in Africa and in particular, within the Greater Mekong Subregion in Asia.

  • We completed research that suggests that reactive case detection and treatment may not be appropriate for very low transmission settings where exposure to malaria occurs away from the community such as in forested areas in Cambodia and Thailand.
  • We were invited to join the WHO’s Global Malaria Programme’s Technical Expert Group on Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • We successfully applied a positive deviance approach to malaria in order to improve preventive behaviour among mobile and migrant populations in Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.
  • We started four new research projects this year, winning support to scale up diagnostic testing in the Cambodia-Laos border.
  • We convened a roundtable event with donors and experts on the issue of drug resistant malaria and publish the special report, Malaria: the last mile, in partnership with the UK’s New Statesman magazine.

Read more highlights by downloading the PDF here.

Shared learning and continued raised awareness on the fight against malaria and other diseases

We are committed to capturing and applying what we learn, ensuring positive and lasting results are achieved, scaled up and sustainable. We share our experience and learning with partners to help influence and advance policy and practice.

  • Read our peer reviewed publications: Malaria Consortium staff have led or provided input into a number of published journal articles this year
  • Publications database: Our growing online database contains over 300 resources including technical reports, learning papers and advocacy briefs.
  • Films: Our experiences in the field are captured in our films.
  • Website and pages: Our webpages have a wealth of information in the areas we work in and our projects worldwide

View key learning outputs from the year by downloading the PDF here.
 

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Download the Trustees’ report and financial statements here


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