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AMF activity update: October 2019


A short update on activities going on this month.

  1. AMF is hiring for two exciting positions - an Operations Manager and a Full Stack Developer.
     
  2. In DRC, the distribution of 1.5 million nets in Équateur province began on 17th October and is being wrapped up in all health zones. Distribution data is being validated and sent to Kinshasa, where it will be entered into AMF's database. In Haut Katanga, the registration of 1.4 million households will now take place with a pilot of electronic data collection in three of the 27 health zones. This will be the first time that our distribution partner, SANRU (Santé Rurale), will conduct electronic data collection and will be a chance to gain experience at scale before the registration of all provinces in 2020 and 2021 is performed electronically. This has pushed back the registration to November. We have signed an agreement with our data entry partner, AGAPE, to put in place a data entry centre in Kinshasa to enter into AMF’s database the registration data collected on paper from the households in the remaining 24 health zones.
     
  3. In Togo, a new agreement has been signed with the Ministry of Health to fund 3.5 million nets for the 2020 campaign. The 24-month PDM has been carried out in all four regions (Savanes, Kara, Centrale and Plateaux) that received 2.4 million nets in 2017. Data was collected using electronic devices and will be sent to AMF shortly. Photos below show the challenges of reaching randomly selected households during the current rainy season.
     
  4. In Ghana, our PDM partner World Vision has completed data collection for the 9-month PDMs in regions that received AMF nets. Data was collected with electronic devices and 1.5% of all households that received AMF-funded nets were visited. The sleeping space coverage across these areas is 62% and the next step will be to discuss this with the National Malaria Control Programme to understand what actions can be taken to improve net usage.
     
  5. In Malawi, our partner the Malawi Red Cross Society has finished PDMs in Central region and data will shortly be imported into our Data Entry System. We have shared initial results with the National Malaria Control Programme who are considering actions to be taken to increase net usage where necessary.
     
  6. In Guinea, we are tendering for a PDM partner to carry out post-distribution monitoring at 9, 18 and 27 months across 1.5% of all households that received AMF-funded nets, collecting data electronically. PDMs will begin in February 2020. Investigations into a possible theft of AMF nets are ongoing, and we will provide a dedicated update in November.
     
  7. In Uganda, our PDM partner organisation Malaria Consortium, with their implementing partner PACE, is carrying out the 30-month PDM in the Eastern region.
     
  8. In PNG, our partner RAM continues to distribute nets on a rolling basis. Distribution has been completed in 5 of the 8 provinces scheduled for the year, with distribution ongoing in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB, previously known as North Solomons province). More than 500,000 nets have been distributed in 2019. Orders have been placed for the first province that will receive AMF-funded nets in the 2020 campaign, Milne Bay.
     
  9. In Zambia, the next PDM to take place will be in Eastern province at 18 months post distribution. We have signed an agreement with our partner CHAZ to carry out this work in October and November.
     
Some villages are sparsely populated meaning long distances between households A data collector gains permission to enter a household to examine nets hung and their condition A family with their net A householder responds to the PDM survey A net found hanging An example of road conditions in rainy season Checking if the net is hung properly Crossing a river to reach a village Data collection in the field Data collectors attend training and learn the data collection tool Data collectors attend training and learn the data collection tool Data collectors attend training and learn the data collection tool Roads are hard to access and flooded during rainy season

AMF funds 3.5 million nets for distribution in Togo in 2020


AMF has signed an agreement with the Togolese Ministry of Health to fund 3.5 million nets for distribution from June to August 2020. This represents 60% of Togo's long-lasting insecticide treated net (LLIN) need for the universal coverage campaign. The last campaign was in 2017 where AMF funded 2.4 million nets.

The nets will be distributed in four of Togo's five regions: Kara, Centrale, Plateaux and Maritime and will protect 6.3 million people.

The latest Malaria Indicator Survey showed that all of Togo’s regions have a malaria problem that needs to be tackled, with the worst affected being Plateaux region where 47% of children aged 6 to 59 months show a positive result to a malaria microscopy test.

High prevalence may be due in part to increasing levels of insecticide resistance and AMF is evaluating the data to judge whether malaria outcomes can be improved if a portion of the nets funded were PBO nets, as these nets have shown better capability against insecticide-resistant mosquitoes.

The total of 3.5m nets have the potential to play a major part in reducing deaths and illness from malaria. This quantity of nets could be expected to prevent 2,300 deaths, 1.2 million cases of malaria and make a material impact on the economy of Togo. It is estimated that the improvement in GDP (Gross Domestic Product), a measure of economic performance, would be about US$83 million.

AMF allocates individual donations to specific distributions and so far we have allocated 5,220 individual donations from 3,967 donors from 64 countries. We are allocating more donations now so these figures will increase. Many donations, large and small, help fund these nets.

We will report openly on progress and performance throughout and after the distribution.

Key elements of our agreement include:

  • AMF is funding 3,538,200 LLINs for distribution in 2019
  • This is a co-funding partnership with non-net costs (shipping, pre-distribution and distribution costs) funded by the Global Fund
  • To support accurate data gathering
    • all registration data will be collected using electronic devices before being imported into AMF's Data Entry System (DES) for analysis and verification
    • all data collectors will be aware that a random selection of 5% of the households that each register will be re-visited
    • AMF will fund an independent monitoring organisation to be present during registration (and during distribution) in a material number of villages selected at random
  • The above elements are the basis for a highly accountable distribution
  • Post-distribution monitoring of net use and condition (PDMs) will take place every nine months for two and a half years in all districts. AMF will fund this.

AMF is hiring - Full Stack Developer


AMF's activities and commitments are steadily increasing, with expected annual distributions of over 20 million nets in the coming years. As a result, AMF is adding to the technology team and is now seeking exceptional candidates for the role of Full Stack Developer, specialising in ASP.Net, VB.Net and SQL Server.

Reporting to AMF's Head of Technology, and working closely with all other members of the AMF team, the successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:

Coding

  • ASP.Net, VB.Net, SQL Server; level of competence: excellent; likely years' experience: 5
  • .Net Core, C#; level of competence: good; likely years' experience: 1 to 2
General
  • Strong analytical capabilities – for both the website functionality and database design
  • Able to focus on detail whilst retaining the bigger picture
  • Strong project and time management skills
  • Self‐motivated with the ability to work to deadlines
  • Strong communication skills at both a technical and non‐technical level
Additional skills
  • Knowledge of non-web coding - i.e. console apps, desktop apps, web services - which may be required to support the site or back‐office users
  • Knowledge and experience of source-control solutions for code (specifically Git)
  • Awareness of social media platforms and how to best integrate/exploit them

The successful candidate is likely to be in the UK/Europe/Africa time zones.

Job description and details of how to apply.


AMF is hiring - Operations Manager


AMF's activities and commitments are steadily increasing, with expected annual distributions of over 20 million nets in the coming years. As a result, AMF is adding to the operations team and is now seeking exceptional candidates for the role of Operations Manager.

Reporting to AMF's Operations Director, and working closely with all other members of the AMF team, the successful candidate will

  • speak fluent French and English, have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to construct and maintain strong working relationships
  • have exceptional organisational skills, with an interest in managing projects to improve outcomes for the poorest communities
  • have strong analytical skills, attention to detail and Excel capability
  • be open, collegiate and enjoy working in a small, highly impactful team
  • be willing to travel to Africa between 6 and 10 weeks per year
  • be comfortable learning about applying their skills to AMF's internal operations

Prior experience in international development is not necessary.

Members of the AMF team work remotely. AMF meets all the costs of shared office space where this is preferred.

The successful candidate is likely to be in the UK/Europe/Africa time zones.

Job description and details of how to apply.




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