Step 1: Screening and scoping
The purpose of this phase is to assess how important it is that a malaria management programme is put in place, and to collate the data to support this.
These initial steps will collate available data or expert opinion on:
- Disease burden by location. Sources may include high level estimates of burden by location such as those available through the following mapping applications:
Global Malaria Mapper
CDC Malaria Map Application showing the worldwide distribution of malaria with information by country.
- Data on workforce malaria cases should also feed into development of a complete picture of the known and potential scale of the malaria problem relevant to the company.
- Travel practices of the local and international work force that may bring them in and out of malarious zones even if some sites are non-malarious.
- The likelihood of the company worsening malaria transmission.
Assessment of these findings will allow the company to consider whether it has a responsibility to address malaria as a problem and/or whether there are significant benefits to the company in designing a malaria management programme. Benefits may arise from meeting health and safety responsibilities. For example, there may be financial benefits in implementing a malaria management program through a decrease in the number of employee sick days or increased social capital through supporting malaria control in wider communities, potentially through capacity building within local institutions.
If the scoping finds that malaria is not currently a major concern for the company, then the company may still consider getting involved in advocacy work or malaria business coalitions given its presence in the region.
The subsequent steps refer to progressive activities companies may undertake once they have determined that malaria is likely to have an impact on their business activities, or vice versa, and a substantive programme may be needed to address this.
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Examples of successful industry malaria control programmes
Sources of technical support and advice