||Since 2003, Malaria Consortium has been fighting malaria in countries across Africa and Asia, in partnership with communities, government and non-government organisations. In our work on malaria, we focus especially on providing technical and operational support for national malaria control programmes. This includes supporting the distribution and improved use of long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) containing the spread of drug resistance, improving case management of malaria at community and health facility levels, strengthening and improving capacity for surveillance and monitoring of the disease, and carrying out operational research to ensure that solid evidence supports effective delivery of services through strengthened health systems.
- Technical support for national malaria control programmes: We help governments in various stages of malaria control to increase their capacity and accomplish their goals by providing expertise, resources and strategic planning.
- Containing the spread of drug resistance: Our Asia programme is dedicated to eliminating the threat of artemisinin drug resistance and eliminating malaria by improving capacity for surveillance and monitoring, providing effective and timely treatment, and ensuring best practice through behaviour change communication projects.
- Providing integrated community case management (iCCM): In an effort to create sustainable and accessible lasting healthcare for remote populations, Malaria Consortium provides training and resources for community based health workers, focusing on building their skills to diagnose and treat malaria accurately, and building their capacity to manage other common childhood diseases – pneumonia and diarrhoea - to create a more integrated approach to care in the community. In some contexts, Malaria Consortium integrates nutrition interventions – as malnutrition is both a risk factor for and a consequence of malaria and other infectious diseases.
- Improving capacity for surveillance and monitoring: In order to track the spread of the disease, Malaria Consortium implements innovative solutions and technologies to identify and treat cases of malaria. Our Beyond Garki operational research project, currently being carried out in Ethiopia, Uganda and Cambodia (and soon Nigeria), aims to understand what the impact has been of any and all malaria control interventions in a particular area. In an elimination setting disease surveillance is of increasing importance – Malaria Consortium has introduced several innovative pilots such as community health worker SMS messaging in Cambodia for case identification and mapping and cross-border surveillance of migrant workers.
- Carrying out operational research: We carry out a wide range of operational research studies through our own implementation activities as well as with partners, including supporting national baseline and indicator surveys, and national external reviews of malaria control. We frequently conduct surveys looking at knowledge, perceptions and behaviour related to use of malaria preventive commodities in the populations that we serve. We also engage in policy analysis and development at a global and regional level, based on evidence from country programmes.
- Implementing behaviour change communication (BCC) interventions: An essential element of our work at community level is to create awareness and increase usage of community-based health services among the target populations and to strengthen their capacity to manage their own health and make informed decisions. We have organised community dialogues in areas where we work in addition to piloting innovate projects such as our positive deviance project, which seeks to highlight health-seeking behaviours within communities.