Support to National Malaria Control Programme (SuNMaP) has been working in Nigeria to strengthen the national effort to control malaria. One of these efforts was the harmonisation of malaria control – which means working with partners locally, nationally and internationally for the common purpose to reduce the burden of malaria in Nigeria. One of SuNMaP’s aims was that resources were coordinated (both government and partner resources) for all key malaria control interventions so that the people of Nigeria could benefit maximally from them.
Improving malaria control and prevention in Nigeria involves many different organisations, doing a range of different, and ideally, complementary work. It is essential that these partners are not acting at cross-purposes, duplicating work they may not know had been done elsewhere. Harmonising the work of a large number of partners offers potential benefits but can be hard to achieve. In particular, there is a need to avoid wasting money and resources. Donors recognise that the allocation of significant funding could be counterproductive if efforts are not made to ensure all resources are well-synchronised.
This paper summarises SuNMaP’s ongoing work on harmonisation and the challenges brought about through the varied ways partners plan, implement, review and seek funding. The paper describes some of SuNMaP’s successes in rolling out harmonisation – such as leading a unified approach to the rollout of a nationwide LLIN campaign, and developing standard modules for the training of health workers in service delivery and programme management.