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AMF establishes a Malaria Unit in Malawi, making a minimum three-year commitment

With funding provided from donors interested in widening AMF’s impact, we have agreed to fund the expansion of the malaria control capacity of our partner in Malawi, Concern Universal (CU). The resulting Malaria Unit has the simple, broad aim to reduce malaria prevalence in Malawi.

The Malaria Unit aims to achieve this in the following ways:

1. Pilot interventions to improve sustained net coverage levels

The higher the sleeping space coverage level with viable nets the better the protection against malaria. We are examining different net distribution profiles and mechanisms to see if higher levels of sustained sleeping space coverage can be achieved cost effectively.


2. Achieve greater efficiency in existing operations

This can be achieved through more efficient staffing of the rolling malaria control activities associated with the distributions and post-distribution check-ups in the four districts in which AMF and CU partner.


3. Support the NMCP team

In the last three years, a number of AMF’s operating procedures have been embraced by the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in net distributions carried out in the districts beyond the four in which AMF/CU operate and AMF/CU support has been requested by the NMCP. The enlarged resource of the Malaria Unit will allow greater support to be given to the NMCP to share learning and practices.

4. Improve the reliability of malaria case rate data

Currently the reliability of malaria incidence data across the 107 Health Centre Areas (HCAs) in the four districts is mixed. There is benefit in having accurate malaria incidence data. We will be working with Health Centre staff to support testing, stock management and recording activities to improve data reliability.

We will be writing more about specific actions and developments in the coming months.

Additional information:
Malaria Unit budget (to which actual costs will be added in due course)
Malaria Unit agreement

AMF funds 10.7 million nets for distribution in Uganda

AMF has signed an agreement with Uganda’s Ministry of Health to fund 10.7 million long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for distribution in Uganda’s upcoming universal coverage campaign (UCC).

The nets are currently scheduled to be distributed from August 2016 to March 2017 (some timing adjustments may occur as a result of final planning) and will protect 19.3 million people. This represents half the nets needed for the nationwide campaign.

There are four regions in Uganda: Western, Eastern, Central and Northern. Nets will be distributed in all 58 districts in the Western and Eastern Regions to achieve universal coverage (all sleeping spaces covered).

Malaria is one of the primary health issues in Uganda, with high incidence levels seen across many districts. These nets have the potential to play a major part in reducing deaths and illness.

AMF allocates individual donations to specific distributions so we are able to say these nets have been funded by 67,363 individual donations from 24,044 donors from 108 countries. Every donation, large and small, has made this possible.

The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) has demonstrated a strong attitude to accountability and this is reflected in our agreement. We are grateful to the NMCP for the open, efficient and transparent nature of our discussions.

Key elements of our agreement include:
  • AMF is funding 10.7m LLINs (US$26,438,253.60)
  • Non net costs (shipping, pre-distribution, distribution) funded by the Ugandan Government/partners
  • ‘105%’ data collection will be used for the pre-distribution household-level registration process to support accurate data gathering. This approach is expected to be adopted nationwide by the Uganda NMCP.
  • Household-level data will be put in electronic form. This and the above element combined are the basis for a highly accountable distribution.
  • Post-distribution check-ups of net use and condition (PDCUs) will take place every six months for two and a half years in all 58 districts. AMF will fund this.
  • A portion of the nets AMF is funding will be PBO LLINs. There is some evidence that this newer net type performs better against mosquitoes developing resistance to pyrethroid (the insecticide used on LLINs). This will be the world’s first large-scale distribution of PBOs. We will write more on this in the coming weeks.

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