Uganda sees huge scale-up of intervention targeting three main childhood diseases Published: Aug 25, 2015
Sheema, Uganda, 25 August 2015 – Today, the Ugandan President Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni launched a new Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) programme funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund has supported health care delivery in Uganda for many years and its current US$4.6 million commitment, complemented by the government of Uganda, is extending iCCM to 33 new districts that contribute up to 36 percent of the estimated under-five mortality in the country.

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First Malaria Indicator Survey in Myanmar kicks off in YangonPublished: Aug 10, 2015
Early August saw the start of the first nationwide malaria survey of its kind in Myanmar, where the spread of drug resistance to antimalarial drugs is a growing obstacle to the elimination of the disease. The Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS) will provide data on the overall malaria burden and measure coverage of malaria control interventions throughout the country, allowing prioritisation of services to areas where they are needed and informing future strategic planning.

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Sharing progress and lessons learnt from the pneumonia diagnostics project in South SudanPublished: Jul 31, 2015
The South Sudan Ministry of Health, in collaboration with UNICEF, held an important technical meeting in Juba from the 23-24 July to discuss integrated management of neonatal and childhood illnesses (IMNCI) and integrated community case management (iCCM) in the country. The meeting was hosted by the Directorate of Primary Health Care from the Ministry of Health.

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Sharing progress and lessons learnt from the pneumonia diagnostics project in South SudanPublished: Jul 31, 2015
Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death in children under five in both Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. A large number of the children who die from pneumonia do so as a result of inappropriate treatment due to misdiagnosis of symptoms. In order to tackle the large number of childhood deaths from this preventable and treatable disease, ministries of health are investing in community health workers (CHWs) to deliver lifesaving diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Malaria Consortium’s pneumonia diagnostics research project aims to identify the most accurate, acceptable, scalable and user-friendly respiratory rate timers and pulse oximeters (POx) for diagnosis of pneumonia symptoms in children by community health workers and first level health facility workers in four low-income countries.

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ACCESS-SMC website launchedPublished: Jul 14, 2015
Today Malaria Consortium launches its website for the UNITAID funded project, Achieving catalytic expansion of seasonal malaria chemoprevention in the Sahel (ACCESS-SMC), bringing seasonal malaria chemoprevention to children across the Sahel.

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