Areas of focus in Nigeria
||Malaria Consortium has been working in Nigeria since 2008. Working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and other partners, we lead and support three major malaria control initiatives in the country, providing technical support for malaria control; capacity building and training of health workers; health systems strengthening; behaviour change communications and community outreach and operational research, policy and advocacy.
Malaria Consortium’s lead role on the Support to National Malaria Programme (SuNMaP) project spurred the organisation to start operations in Nigeria in 2008. Malaria Consortium was keen to engage in a country responsible for 25 percent of all cases of malaria in Africa. The organisation had contributed significantly to the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) needs assessment early in 2008, prior the start of SuNMaP project. Since then, seven offices (one in the capital Abuja and one in each of the six supported states) have been in charge of implementing SuNMaP project. After having built a strong foundation for the success of SuNMaP, Malaria Consortium is diversifying its operations in Nigeria.
SuNMaP undertook series of assessments and surveys dedicatedly and in conjunction with other RBM partners:
- Malaria control programme management capacity assessments
- Pharmaceutical supply management assessments
- Health facilities assessments
- Communication literature review and formative research
- Post Net Campaign Surveys
- Monitoring Areas Studies
- Retail outlet survey
- Omnibus survey
- Malaria Indicator Survey
Based on the findings, the programme has developed strategies and rollout plans around key issues and has commenced roll out its interventions. The plans include National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and state malaria control annual operation plans, communication strategies, development of malaria-related capacity-building materials and training plan. A monitoring and evaluation framework has been finalised to follow project progress during the five years of the programme.
After having contributed significantly to the drafting of the new National Malaria Strategic Plan, SuNMaP has been actively engaged in donor forums, strongly advocating for more coordinated partner efforts. SuNMaP has also principally been involved as a technical lead (in collaboration with a World Bank-funded consultant) in supporting the NMEP to develop a national plan and set of standard operating procedures for long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN) coverage scale-up through mass distribution campaigns. It has also played a critical role in the coordination and implementation of the first two net campaigns covering a Northern and a Southern State. Surveys are being organised to ascertain post campaign net ownership and usage rates in these two states, the results of which will inform any improvement required for the extension of net campaigns to other states.
Malaria Consortium in Nigeria is also the lead implementing partner of the USAID funded NetWorks programme which aims to build sustainable LLIN systems that bridge the key technical areas of advocacy, policy, distribution, monitoring, and communications in malaria endemic countries. The project is looking at increasin demand for and use of LLINs and related technologies to promote sustainable high levels of LLINs ownership and use while also designing, conducting and analysing strategic operational research to pilot, document and scale-up innovative best practices that contribute towards achieving and maintaining high levels of ownership and use of LLINs and related technologies.
The MAPS project, funded by USAID through the President’s Malaria Initiative, is designed to support state level management, prevention, treatment of malaria, as well as demand creation for commodities and services. The programme provides a unique opportunity to extend reach from federal down to community level and spans all the processes and systems involved. The project is managed by a consortium of partners led by FHI 360, Malaria Consortium and Health Partners International. As part of the MAPS project, Malaria Consortium is managing the prevention and treatment project outputs through supporting the routine and campaign distribution of LLINs and the provision of intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women (IPTp). In addition, the organisation is working with the private sector and on supporting parasitological diagnosis and accurate treatment for malaria.