National Malaria Control Programs

Project Dates: October 2013 - September 2016
Active Countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Lao PDR, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Project Overview:
With support from the U.S. Government Global Fund technical assistance set aside, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) provides direct technical assistance to National Malaria Control Programs (NMCP) through the Leadership, Management, and Governance National Malaria Control Program Capacity Building Project (LMG/NMCP). The two-year goal of the project is to build the capacity of local NMCPs to effectively implement national malaria strategies. The LMG/NMCP project supports nine target country NMCPs (Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Lao PDR) by placing Senior Technical Advisors within the NMCP.

These Advisors work closely with NMCP leaders to strengthen their coordination with the Global Fund (GF) Country Coordinating Mechanism and other GF partners in line with the GF New Funding Model. In countries were the government is the Principal Recipient (PR), LMG/NMCP is building the capacity of the NMCP throughout the grant process, from applying for grants to implementation, evaluation, monitoring, and risk mitigation. In target countries where the PR is not the national government, LMG/NMCP emphasizes effective collaboration with and support of the country’s GF grant PR.

Examples of LMG/NMCP assistance include:

  • In five countries–Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Lao PDR, and Togo–Senior Technical Advisors provide support to NMCP’s to improve supply chain management of malaria commodities.
  • Each Senior Technical Advisor develops country-specific workplans, with support from the home office team, based on the results of an initial rapid organizational capacity assessment conducted with NMCP and stakeholder participation.
  • Cross-cutting regional NMCP capacity-building activities.

LMG/NMCP Country Fact Sheets

Burundi

  • Published Date: September 2017
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Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Burundi and accounted for more than 50% of patient visits to health care facilities and 45% of hospitalizations in 2015. The government of Burundi declared a malaria epidemic in the country after nearly 2 million cases of malaria, including almost 800 deaths, were reported since January 1, 2017 – a rise of 13% compared with the same period in 2016.

Cameroon

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Global Fund commitments and disbursements in Cameroon are highest for the malaria grants, as compared to tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and financial commitments to malaria account for nearly half of all Global Fund investment in the country.

With support from the President's Malaria Initiative, the USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance National Malaria Control Program Capacity Building (LMG/NMCP) Project, partnered with the Cameroon NMCP to improve coordinated national efforts in the fight against malaria.

This fact sheet details some of the LMG/NMCP Project's key accomplishments in Cameroon.

Côte d’Ivoire

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Côte d’Ivoire is one of the 10 countries most affected by malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa, with nearly 3.5 million confirmed malaria cases in 2015, according to the World Health Organization. Malaria is also the number one cause of mortality among children in the country. Nearly half
(63,000) of the estimated 128,000 deaths in children under five each year is directly related to the disease.

Guinea

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Since November 2011, Guinea has been a PMI country, benefitting from support to the national malaria response. Guinea experiences year-round
malaria transmission, with peak transmission from July through October in most areas. According to the National Malaria Control Strategy, malaria remains the number one public health problem in the country.

Liberia

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Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Liberia, especially affecting children under five and pregnant women. Nearly 40% of outpatient consultations and 42% of inpatient deaths are attributable to the disease. More than 1.2 million cases of malaria were diagnosed in 2010, with children under 5 years representing 38% of cases; children 5 years and above accounting for 55%, and pregnant women accounting for 6%.

Sierra Leone

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Malaria is the most common cause of illness and death in Sierra Leone. Half of all outpatient visits are caused by malaria, and malaria-related illnesses contribute to 38% of child mortality rates and 25% of all-ages mortality rates. The most vulnerable groups include children under 5 years old and pregnant women.