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SMC research

Malaria Consortium conducts high quality implementation and operational research that provides evidence for programme staff, Ministries of Health and partners to make informed decisions to improve SMC programme performance and quality of SMC implementation, for example by driving adaptation and innovation.

We conduct both studies focusing on country-specific research questions and research answering questions of global significance. Key to our research are our relationships with international, national and local stakeholders, including academic partners, national malaria control programmes and the local communities themselves.

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A pilot study to assess the feasibility and protective efficacy of implementing seasonal malaria chemoprevention in Mozambique



SMC will be implemented for the first time in Mozambique in 2020/21 in Nampula province. Implementation research with mixed-methods will be conducted to assess the feasibility and acceptability of implementing SMC in this new context. Drug efficacy and impact on malaria morbidity and mortality will also be explored. 










Co-implementation of SMC and vitamin A distribution: a pilot study in Nigeria 




This study evaluates the feasibility and acceptability of integrating vitamin A distribution with SMC administration. It is relevant in the context of the global discourse on sustainability and health systems strengthening, as integrated delivery of public health interventions has the potential to leverage synergies across programs. 

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Tailoring SMC to different malaria transmission contexts: a pilot implementation study in Burkina Faso



This study explores the feasibility and acceptability of expanding SMC to five monthly treatment cycles in a health district where the rainy season typically exceeds four months. The study feeds into the global policy debate around varying timing and frequency of SMC implementation to maximise impact.










Understanding barriers to delivery and feasibility and acceptability of extending SMC to children under ten in Chad



This study seeks to understand common barriers to SMC delivery according to protocol, in particular around community distributors’ ability to determine age eligibility criteria. It also explores the acceptability of extending SMC to children under ten among different types of stakeholders, which is relevant in the context of the global policy debate about extending the age range of SMC beyond children under five. 










A mixed methods study to assess the quality of infection prevention and control methods practiced during delivery of SMC



In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Malaria Consortium have rapidly developed operational guidance and a job aid to ensure the safety of communities and health workers when delivering SMC in 2020. To understand and document the successes and challenges of implementing SMC during a pandemic situation, we aim to conduct implementation research. Specifically, we hope to understand to what extent community distributors can adhere to enhanced infection, prevention and control practices across the programme.









A pilot study to evaluate the impact of a geospatial platform on the quality of coverage data for SMC in Sokoto State, Nigeria




We are planning to pilot the use of a spatial intelligence tool called Reveal in Sokoto, Nigeria. Spatial intelligence tools use satellite imagery to identify residential structures, which has the potential to improve campaign planning, delivery and evaluation. In particular, we are interested in evaluating whether Reveal enables community distributors to collect more accurate, complete and timely coverage data. For this project, we are partnering with Akros, a company that developed a precursor to Reveal called mSpray® for use in indoor residual spraying.

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