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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.

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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.

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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