We work with governments at national and regional/district levels to ensure our programmes are embedded into existing structures and that evidence and learning is used to advocate for policy development or change. We work closely with Ministries of Health and National Malaria Control Programmes to support and advise government programmes, guidelines and policies in the countries we operate in. Our active participation in technical working groups and various high level malaria coordination committees means we are constantly learning and benefiting from long-term relationships with country government counterparts and continue to invest this knowledge in the support and advice we share with our partners.
Some examples of how we’ve influenced policy are:
- In Southern Sudan, we analysed the burden of NTDs in the country through the COMDIS-HSD programme, which formed the basis for the development of a national strategy for integrated NTD control.
- In Nigeria, we have supported the development of several national and state malaria control strategies through SuNMaP and SuNMaP 2. We contributed to a comprehensive Malaria Programme Review that provided the evidence to shape the country’s strategic direction for malaria control. The recommendations from this review largely guided the National Malaria Strategic Plan (2014-2020).
- In Ethiopia, we presented our work on integrating NTD care into the health system to the National NTD Team Leader and hosted a national stakeholder meeting which led to an action plan being developed for mainstreaming NTD care in Ethiopia.
- In Uganda, our formative research conducted through COMDIS-HSD indicated that the national guidelines governing IPTp provision in Uganda were not in line with the most up-to-date WHO policy recommendation. We advised the government that this WHO recommendation should be adopted as a matter of urgency to strengthen women’s protection from malaria in pregnancy. As a result, Uganda adopted this WHO recommendation in 2016.
- In Zambia, we supported the Ministry of Health’s Child Health Unit to develop iCCM community health worker training materials, which were adopted by all iCCM partners in the country.
- In Southeast Asia, we work closely with national NMCPs to contribute to long term elimination strategies. We have provided expertise in the development of drug resistance control strategies for both Cambodia and Thailand. We also played a lead role in developing multi-country coordination and reviewing behaviour change communications strategies aimed at key target audiences along the Thai-Cambodia and Thai-Myanmar border.
- In Uganda, our participation in numerous technical working groups (including on behaviour change communication, monitoring and evaluation, case management, iCCM, and integrated vector control) means we regularly review malaria control policies, standardise guidelines and update strategies, such developing the national policy on asymptomatic malaria.