In Uganda, more than 95 percent of the country has stable malaria transmission, with malaria infections occurring all year round. Although malaria affects both men and women of all ages, gender and youth dynamics play a key role in determining health outcomes for individuals. Maternal, newborn and child health indicators are poor, unevenly distributed across the country and worse in specific vulnerable populations – 28 percent of maternal deaths occur in young women aged 15 to 24 years – and there here remains a shortage in healthcare workers. We work with the Ministry of Health and project partners to improve integrated community case management and strengthen disease surveillance, identifying gaps in coverage through the lens of gender and youth.
Through this follow-up to the 2015–2018 Integrated Community Case Management – Maternal and Child Survival (iCCM-MaCS) project, we worked with the Ministry of Health to strengthen referral systems for under-fives with danger signs, and deliver integrated community level services for maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene in three districts in the Tooro region: Bunyangabo, Kabarole and Kamwenge.
The Strengthening Uganda’s Response to Malaria (SURMa) project builds community-level capacity to diagnose and treat malaria, taking the fight against malaria to the household level, highlighting the roles individuals can play in preventing transmission. To promote ownership and ensure sustainability, project activities are delivered by the respective districts, with Malaria Consortium providing technical support and supervising village health teams (VHTs) and community health extension workers (CHEWs).
Within the broader scope of the Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) project, Malaria Consortium is supporting 25 districts in eastern Uganda with the delivery of malaria prevention and treatment interventions, as well as with maternal, newborn and child care activities.
Malaria Consortium and partners are providing technical assistance to the Ugandan government to update and introduce the integrated community case management module of a digitised community health toolkit, which aims to digitise all areas of community health, advance universal health coverage and achieve health equity.
This study is taking place in Ethiopia and Uganda. It uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches and a case-control study design to explore the relationship between past SARS-CoV-2 infection and malaria risk.
Malaria Consortium is establishing a functional integrated community case management (iCCM) programme in the northern Uganda Lango and Acholi regions through the Supporting Uganda’s Malaria Reduction and Elimination Strategy (SUMRES) project. It aims to reduce morbidity and mortality due to malaria and other common illnesses
In Uganda, we have led in the distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs)– through mass distribution campaigns as well as continuous distribution at health facilities. Through our work on integrated community case management (iCCM) and social and behaviour change (SBC), we provide evidence to scale up innovative approaches to target malaria and other childhood diseases. Our implementation research supports the strengthening of surveillance systems and monitoring and evaluation efforts to ensure the timely use of quality data.
In support of Uganda’s National Malaria Control Strategy, USAID’s five-year Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD), which ran from 2016-2021, Malaria Consortium sought to reduce maternal and childhood morbidity and mortality due to malaria.
Together with Banyan Global, we conducted a qualitative study to identify how gender- and youth-related norms might be hindering effective malaria control in Uganda.