Improving malaria diagnosis and case management
In Ethiopia, we are committed to improving the diagnosis and case management of malaria. We have rolled out revised policy and guidelines nationwide and have been working with district health teams in highly endemic areas to implement a microscopy diagnosis quality assurance system. We work has included:
- Printing and distribution of policy guidelines
- Training health workers on policy guidelines
- Training laboratory personnel in malaria microscopy and principles of malaria lab diagnosis external quality assessment
- Providing essential laboratory supplies to selected health facilities
In addition, we support a range of behaviour change communications and community outreach activities in Ethiopia with the aim of increasing awareness of the disease amongst affected communities.
Improving epidemic detection systems for malaria
Ethiopia is prone to malaria epidemics. We have been working in the country to design and pilot a school-based epidemic detection system to complement the formal epidemic detection system operated by the Ministry of Health and District Health Offices.
Monitoring the changing epidemiology of malaria
A decline in overall child mortality and burden of malaria has been observed over the past decade in a number of endemic countries. In order to support effective strategies, it is essential to understand more about how control measures are contributing to this decline but also the changing patterns of malaria, as the disease becomes more unevenly distributed. Malaria Consortium’s Beyond Garki Project aims to support health services to monitor changes in malaria epidemiology within the context of available interventions, assess conditions that are necessary to reduce transmission below its critical level, and adapt prevention and control measures to observed changes. In the current phase of the project regular household, malariometric, serological, and entomological surveys are being implemented with UK Aid funding. Health facility based morbidity data are also collected continuously.