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Mobilize Against Malaria (MAM) Evaluation of a malaria project in Senegal shows encouraging improvements in community-based health care.

 
 

Photograph courtesy of Mark Tuschman for Pfizer's MAM Program

02 August 2012
Evaluation of a malaria project in Senegal shows encouraging improvements in community-based health care.

Mobilize Against Malaria (MAM) Senegal  http://malaria.lshtm.ac.uk/research/projects/mobilize-against-malaria has demonstrated the potential for significant improvements in prompt and effective treatment of malaria at community level, with the proportion of children going to a local health hut for care increasing five-fold in three years.

MAM Senegal rehabilitated community-based ‘health huts’ in three districts of Tambacounda, a geographically challenging region with a highly dispersed population. Frequent monitoring data gathered by IntraHealth International in collaboration with a global evaluation team at LSHTM enabled MAM Senegal to develop a responsive and innovative approach to implementation.

The proportion of children under five with a fever that sought treatment outside the home has remained at around 60% since 2008. However,

• Of those children that did seek care outside the home, the proportion going to a health hut increased from 12.8% in 2008 to 63.9% in 2011.

• Use of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) in health huts increased from 38.1% in 2010 to 71.8% in 2011.

• Where children tested positive for malaria, appropriate treatment with an ACT increased from 58.1% in 2010 to 78.2% in 2011.

• The proportion of children receiving an ACT within 48 hours improved from 45.6% in 2008 to 59.2% in 2011.

The day-to-day work of MAM Senegal is explored in a short video documentary, produced by LSHTM to demonstrate some of the key approaches and achievements of the programme on the ground. The film was launched in May 2012 at a dissemination meeting in Dakar, attended by stakeholders from the national malaria control programme as well as representatives from other NGOs, implementers and donors.

MAM_Senegal_CASESTUDY.pdf

PfizerMAM_LessonsLearnedGhana.pdf

For more information please contact Alexandra [dot] hyde [at] lshtm [dot] ac [dot] uk (Alexandra Hyde).