In order to improve overall performance and ensure effective delivery of services, Malaria Consortium consistently engages in monitoring and evaluation activities, using the results to guide implementation.
Malaria Consortium views monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as a continuous process that occurs throughout the life of a programme or intervention. We ensure that participatory planning and M&E activities are established from the onset of each project so that the impact of interventions is measured and internal accountability is increased.
Monitoring and evaluation activities are undertaken to achieve the following objectives:
Malaria Consortium also builds monitoring, evaluation, surveillance and data management capacities in partner institutions, such as national malaria control programmes, and engages in international efforts to set agendas. In the field of malaria, we have been an active participant in Roll Back Malaria’s M&E-focused technical working groups as well as in other groups that address M&E issues in specific content areas.
Surveillance is also one of the cornerstones of malaria control activity, allowing governments and health organisations to monitor the situation on the ground, identify the emergence of outbreaks and prioritise regions or populations that are most vulnerable to disease. This information helps shape targeted responses and to evaluate their impact.
Much of our work in Southeast Asia has focused on supporting strategies for the rapid elimination of malaria in areas where there are high levels of artemisinin resistance. For example, our Thai-Cambodia border surveillance project is crucial for providing information about malaria among at-risk mobile populations and in driving rapid responses to detected cases.
We have supported ministries of health to improve their central data management systems, with enhanced reporting and response capabilities and currently embed our professional advisers to provide day-to-day support and capacity building in surveillance to national malaria control programmes in Cambodia and Myanmar. We also conduct surveys to fill data gaps.
There is a great deal we still need to learn about malaria transmission in this and other regions if we are to drive forward effective elimination strategies, which is why we created our flagship surveillance project, Beyond Garki, which has intensively monitored risk factors for impacting on malaria transmission in different settings, allowing us to develop a comprehensive picture of the changes in epidemiology of malaria, and what drives change.