Malaria Consortium's support to planning and capacity building in Nigeria acknowledged at Annual Performance ReviewPublished: Sep 3, 2015
During August, an evaluation team from the UK Department for International Development (DfID) met with stakeholders and partners in Nigeria as part of its annual programme review of ‘Support to National Malaria Programme in Nigeria’ (SuNMaP), the seven-year project led by Malaria Consortium and funded by the UK government. As the project nears its end this year, the meeting has provided a platform to discuss accomplishments, lessons learnt and future plans for sustaining the work of the programme. 

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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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Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention for the SahelPublished: Aug 25, 2015
In the continued fight against malaria, there is increased recognition of the need to tailor interventions to suit local conditions and specific contexts. For the 25 million children aged 3-59 months who live in areas across the Sahel, the World Health Organization recommends seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) as an effective tool to prevent malaria. This year Malaria Consortium, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, is working with seven National Malaria Control Programs (NMCP’s) to bring SMC to the Sahel. As the first cycle of SMC distributions draws to an end, we take a look back over the last year, highlighting some of the key milestones of the UNITAID-funded ACCESS-SMC project to date.

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Management Sciences for Health (MSH) aim at strengthening procurement and supply chain management capacity for delivery of 45 million SMC treatments across the SahelPublished: Aug 25, 2015
If implemented at scale, SMC could prevent up to 75% of uncomplicated and severe cases of malaria. To prepare the seven ACCESS-SMC countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, The Gambia) for community-based delivery of 45 million seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) treatments, MSH conducted rapid procurement and supply chain assessments. Following these assessments, a regional workshop was held to share the findings and prioritize quick win interventions to fill important gaps in each of the Sahelian countries. 

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ACCESS-SMC trains over 28,000 health workers in preparation for SMC distributionsPublished: Aug 25, 2015
In the run up to the launch of SMC distributions, ACCESS-SMC partners collaborated with the seven supported countries, working with National Malaria Control Programs (NMCP) and other government representatives, to train a total of 28,771 people in the distribution and administration of sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine + amodiaquine (SP+AQ) to children aged three to  59 months. 

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