The United States reinforces access to quality health information for better malaria case management
April 12th, 2023 Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The University of North Carolina in partnership with a consortium of international organizations hosted the closeout of the Measure Malaria activity on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at the Pullman Hotel. Financed by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the activity shared the key results, tools, approaches, and strategies implemented to support the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP).
Measure Malaria was launched to support the NMCP in Côte d’Ivoire to improve malaria data quality in order to improve health services to the population. From May 2020 to April 2023, Measure Malaria provided technical support to the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, enabling service providers and managers to collect and use quality health data to inform government policies, health programs, and health services for the population. Measure Malaria directly supported 20 districts and the NMCP.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Public Hygiene, and Universal Health Coverage, the activity trained health providers, regional and district management teams, and central-level supervisors on the use of electronic tools to monitor data quality and the implementation of malaria activities. Measure Malaria also introduced tools to allow districts and health facilities to visualize, analyze, and monitor malaria trends in order to better target prevention and treatment interventions in real time for better patient care.
“Following all the achievements under this mechanism, USAID and PMI are committed to continue our support to strengthen the health management information system for better quality of care and use of data for decision making in Côte d’Ivoire” declared Shawn Jones, USAID Country Representative.
Through PMI, the United States government supports malaria-endemic countries in Africa to control and eliminate this deadly but preventable disease.