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Scaling up Access to Preventive Malaria Intervention

A process evaluation of potential areas of collaborative planning of malaria interventions in Nigeria

Summary

A process evaluation of potential areas of collaborative planning of malaria interventions in Nigeria, conducted by Ibolda Health International Ltd, with the Nigerial National Elimination Programme.

Nigeria

Gombe and Jigawa States

Malaria

Insecticide-treated nets (ITN) and seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC)

  • Engage stakeholders early in the process.
  • Form a workgroup to ensure coordination of campaign integration.
  • Involve community leaders and influencers to promote community acceptance of the integrated campaign.
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Key Messages

Ibolda Health International Ltd in collaboration with Nigeria National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) led a process evaluation to document the potential areas of collaborative planning of campaign integration insecticide-treated net (ITN) distribution and mass drug administration of seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) in Gombe and Jigawa States.

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  • Integration of ITN and SMC was acceptable to and perceived to be effective by local, state, and national-level actors in malaria elimination.
  • Integration of campaigns may be viewed more favorably in a resource-constrained environment because it can be a strategy for effective resource management.
  • Collaborative planning for campaign integration is facilitated when there is overlap across agencies, donors, and implementing partners involved in the various interventions.
  • Buy-in and ownership by the state government, relevant agencies, and implementing partners is important during planning, as well as early engagement and sensitization of all stakeholders.
  • Collaborative planning for campaign implementation results in overall efficiency in the management and utilization of resources.
  • Some aspects of commodity transport and storage might need to stand alone due to commodity requirements (i.e., temperature); all procedures should follow national standards for pharmaceutical storage.
  • Facilitating factors for collaborative planning are the availability of resources, clear coordination roles for government and partners, use of digital technology, and effective monitoring and supervision of key campaign activities using an approved integrated checklist.
  • The perception of double benefits derived from co-implementation could increase uptake of both commodities (ITNs and SPAQ drug) at the household level.

The beneficiaries of insecticide treated nets (ITN) and seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) may receive double protection against malaria leading to the reduction in morbidity and mortality rates of children under five.