ACCESS-SMC will present at the Houses of ParliamentPublished: Jan 9, 2017
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (APPMG) will be meeting at the Houses of Parliament this Tuesday to discuss components of the 2016 World Malaria Report. The World Health Organization released this report, which reviewed successes in the reduction of malaria cases and mortality, last month in December.

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Interview with Mme Zara Al-Fadil: Head of Health Facility Mailao (Chad)Published: Dec 23, 2016
This year marks the end of SMC implementation in seven countries across the Sahel through the ACCESS-SMC project, funded by UNITAID. During the past two years Mme Zara Al-Fail, head of a health facility in Mailao, has witnessed first hand the impact the scale up of SMC has had. To mark this occasion and give our readers a different perspective, we sat down with midwife Zara Al-Fadil to interview her on her thoughts about SMC.

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A letter from the Project Director Published: Dec 22, 2016
On December 2, 2016, Chad, the last country to finish the SMC round, completed its fourth cycle. This marked the last ‘implementation’ day of the ACCESS-SMC project, which is scheduled to end on August 31, 2017.

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Addressing systemic social drivers that can limit the scale up of SMC: cases from Guinea and NigerPublished: Dec 21, 2016
There has been a broad acceptability of SMC across countries supported by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) over the two year implementation period. We have learned it is critical for National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and health systems implementing SMC to understand and be able to respond to socio-cultural drivers that may inhibit acceptance of SMC in communities and households, limiting the coverage of eligible children. In the cases of Guinea and Niger, both countries are interesting examples of how responding to socio-cultural dynamics that drive demand of SMC, whether in the design stage (Guinea) or during implementation (Niger), is critical to the success of scaling up SMC in the Sahel.

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Let’s talk about SMCPublished: Dec 14, 2016
On the 14th of November, nearly 300 people arrived at the 65th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in Atlanta, Georgia USA. The symposium they came for was “Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention at Scale: Evidence from Eight Countries.” With the second year’s distribution coming to a close for the ACCESS-SMC project, funded by UNITAID, experts gathered to share their experiences and results, which prove the feasibility of SMC interventions at scale.

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