People and Processes: How Annual Operational Planning is aiding the fight against the malaria. MAPS

Document Type: Reports
Publication Date: 2016

This case study demonstrates how Annual Operational Planning (AOP) between 2012 and 2014 helped Ebonyi State to build a more professional team and engage a wide group of stakeholders, both to plan malaria control, and to review state’s success in implementation. MAPS supported the introduction of a planning process, bringing together stakeholders across the state to undertake a situation analysis, set objectives and prepare a costed operational plan. The team included officials across state and government areas. The AOP drew together technical skills to help managers improve planning at each stage of setting objectives, planning activities and agreeing budgets. Since it began, the AOP process has increased the involvement of local government as well as the state. The Annual Operation Plan provides proxy indicators to show how far Ebonyi’s SMEP is progressing towards its overall objectives. Proxy indicators show how the SMEP is making strong improvements in key areas, with many more pregnant women receiving LLINs and IPTp at the ANC and more fever cases being tested for malaria.

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Tags: Nigeria, Antenatal care, Malaria, MAPS, ANC, malaria control, Malaria Action Program for States, annual operational planning, malaria interventions, USAID, AOP, local government areas, LGAs, malaria Technical Working Group,