Better Information is helping in the fight against malaria. MAPS

Document Type: Stories
Publication Date: 2016

Health facilities have a range of weapons in the battle against malaria, including insecticidal nets and treatment of pregnant women, as well as direct diagnosis and treatment using Rapid Diagnostic Tests. But without accurate, up-to-date information about services available, their effectiveness is severely limited. In Ebonyi State, Tthe State Malaria Elimination Programme (SMEP) trained staff to use the District Health Information System (DHIS) for reporting malaria services. SMEP has improved the quality of reporting and not just about malaria services, but also about the rest of primary health services – and reduced work and the cost of reporting too. MAPS supported key elements of health system strengthening (HSS), including planning and health information services. States that received support from MAPS were compared with states that received similar improvements to service delivery and commodities for malaria control, but less support for health systems strengthening. 1. States with HSS support from MAPS achieved and sustained improved reporting rates compared with those without. 2. States with HSS support from MAPS achieved and sustained improved performance in both the proportion of ANC attenders receiving bed nets and preventative treatment for malaria.

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Tags: Nigeria, Malaria, MAPS, Health systems strengthening, DHIS, malaria control, Malaria Action Program for States, malaria interventions, USAID, HSS, District Health Management Information System, malaria services, primary health services, data validation, planning and health system services, preventative treatment, State Malaria Elimination Programme, SMEP,