Partners Panorama

The Pioneer project is implemented by Malaria Consortium Uganda through the Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), at national, district and community levels. This is critical for the sustainability of the project, ensuring that donor funding does not replace the Ministry of Health in delivering life-saving interventions but instead strengthens their capacity to deliver those interventions into the future.

Ugandan Ministry of Health and National Malaria Control Program

The Ugandan Ministry of Health (MoH) is responsible for policy development, strategic planning and orientation, technical support, guidance and supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), quality assurance and interventions in case of epidemics.

Within the MoH, the National Malaria Control Program is responsible for providing guidance for the implementation of the national malaria control policies.

The Ugandan health system is decentralized and District Health Teams are in charge of the delivery of health services and the implementation of health programs. The teams are supervised and monitored by the District Health Officer, who is the focal point for the implementation of MoH policies and programs at district level as well as the coordinator for all NGO programs in the district. The District Health Teams are also in charge of the supervision of Village Health Teams (VHTs).

The VHTs provide the principal point of contact between remote communities and formal health service providers. They are volunteers chosen by their community who are trained to monitor the use of community resources for improved health. The VHTs are responsible for community case management of the most common childhood illnesses, known as Integrated Community Case Management, to ensure appropriate treatment of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea among children under five.

Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a UK based charity and grant making organisation dedicated to supporting and bringing long-lasting change to the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK and internationally. For the latter, Comic Relief raises awareness and funds for organisations that meet their international grants strategy. This requires organisations to have an in-depth understanding of the local context, consult and work with local stakeholders and people as well as share and learn from evidence in order to inform best practice. The Pioneer project is a four year special initiative grant; these are meant to tackle an entire ‘system’ rather than deal with parts of it in isolation. For this reason, the project is focused on creating systemic and sustainable changes; it is evidence-led to inform national and international policy as well as to share learning and best practice.

Malaria and Childhood Illness NGO Secretariat (MACIS)

MACIS, Malaria and Childhood Illness NGO Secretariat, is a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) network that coordinates 450 NGOs and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) engaged in malaria and child health activities in Uganda. The Mission of MACIS is to provide leadership to CBOs nationwide in the coordination and promotion of Ministry of Health-recommended interventions in malaria and childhood illness. MACIS works closely with NGOs, CBOs, the Government of Uganda Ministry of Health, UNICEF, WHO and Malaria Consortium. It also has close relations with international and regional networks including the RBM partnership and the Eastern Africa RBM Network. The National Coordinator of MACIS is one of the three African representatives to the Global Fund Board, NGO Delegation. Through MACIS, the CSO voice has the potential to be strongly heard at forums that discuss and make policy decisions regarding malaria.

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