Malaria Consortium is delighted to announce the launch of a dedicated microsite to share its innovative work on the scale-up of integrated community case management (ICCM) of infectious diseases in young children in Uganda and Mozambique.
This informative and resource-rich microsite provides a platform to showcase and share the learnings and project outputs being carried out under a project called inSCALE - Innovations at Scale for Community Access and Lasting Effects - funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The ultimate aim of inSCALE is to inform efforts to increase the coverage of government-led integrated community case management (ICCM), whereby community based agents receive the training and skills to diagnose and treat diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria in children under five years old, and to make referrals to a health facility where appropriate.
This extremely important project is conducting activities and operational research around an existing Malaria Consortium ICCM project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to both catalogue and find innovative solutions for critical limitations to the expansion of ICCM, such as motivation and retention of community based agents. Once feasible and acceptable solutions are identified, they can be used to increase the coverage of ICCM and improve its quality
There is strong evidence to suggest that ICCM can reduce childhood mortality and morbidity in countries with weak health infrastructures. Health facilities are often hard to reach, understaffed and lacking necessary drugs. Bringing health to the community increases the provision of front line, immediate care to those most at risk.
The overall goal of the project is to demonstrate that government-led ICCM programmes in Mozambique and Uganda can be scaled up without compromising on delivering consistent and good quality care. This will naturally result in more children with diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria being able to access appropriate and potentially life-saving treatment earlier and more effectively.
The new inSCALE microsite contains all the latest project research findings as well as background information on the programme and ICCM in general. It will continue to highlight the project’s key outputs as well as a growing number of important publications produced throughout the project.
inSCALE is led by Malaria Consortium with support from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London's Centre for International Health and Development.