Partnering with and supporting local health systems

Local health facility (source Peter Caton)Companies with funds to support malaria control have the opportunity to see that those funds have far more sustainable impacts if efforts are made to work with and through the local health systems. Activities to provide clinical services to asset bound employees may commonly require the establishment of dedicated and independent on-site clinics. However, any work to address malaria control outside the fence or to simply make clinical services available to the community, could very effectively and very usefully be conducted by strengthening existing local health facilities or expanding the local health facility network by creating new facilities.

Existing facilities could be supported with renovations; new equipment; ongoing funding for consumables and drugs; and training and supervision for staff. New facilities could also be built and equipped in partnership with the local health authorities to be owned by them. Funding would need to be available for staffing and consideration given to their need for support for future on-going costs such as maintenance, refresher training, drugs and consumables.

In the areas of prevention, communications, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation there is also value in working with and through local health systems.

You may want to review this overview of options for the different ways to get involved with and through partners.

Examples of successful industry malaria control programmes
Sources of technical support and advice