Malaria Elimination Programme Essay

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Part 1: Critical evaluation of Malaria elimination Programme: An Interview with Dr. Abikoye Olatayo (Malaria Technical Officer)
The current policy document or programme on malaria is the Nigerian Malaria Elimination Programme Strategic Plan 2014 – 2020. It is a document that was drawn from the National Strategic Health Development Plan 2010 – 2015. The document is also in line with the National Health and Development Priorities. The document outlined the provision of a comprehensive and holistic package of integrated malaria prevention and treatment services through community, primary, secondary and tertiary levels. There is a clear definition of roles and responsibilities across all the sectors. The programme is aimed at providing Insecticide Treated Nets, Intermittent Preventive Therapy, Indoors Residual Spray, larval source management and diagnosis and treatment of uncomplicated and severe malaria at free of charge. The National Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan 2014 – 2020 was designed to improve on the universal coverage for ITNs, scale up indoor residual spraying, malaria case management, Intermittent Preventive Treatment for pregnant women (IPTp), Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM), monitoring and evaluation. The programme
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Distribution of ACTs was improved to cover a significant audience in both public and private health facilities. Attention is been given to pregnant women, children under 5 and people who are living with HIV/AIDS as the primary priority groups. Other factors that fueled the success of the policy includes partnership with all sectors and levels of the government, civil society organizations, traditional and religious leaders. The establishment of functional working group as well as having a national harmonized monitoring and evaluation tool has also contributed to the success of the

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