Understanding and adhering to national policy and international guidelines

CoversInternational guidelines for malaria control are developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Links to their guidelines for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, communications, surveillance and monitoring and evaluation aspects of malaria control programmes are included in the additional resources section.

National malaria control programmes use these international guidelines to develop their own national malaria policies and strategies for malaria control within their country. These typically include detailed guidelines for prevention approaches that should be supported, diagnosis approaches to be used, and treatment guidelines for uncomplicated and severe malaria of different types and in different patient categories. These detailed national guidelines often include specific instructions for variation within the country depending on epidemiology and context.

All malaria control activities should adhere to international guidelines. In addition, it is good practice to adhere to national guidelines. These should almost certainly be adhered to where community-wide activities are undertaken, and should generally also be adhered to for interventions targeting employees, unless there are compelling reasons otherwise.

Reasons for adhering to national guidelines include:

Compelling reasons to veer from national guidelines when considering employee health may include:

Examples of successful industry malaria control programmes
Sources of technical support and advice