World Malaria Day 2015

In the lead up to World Malaria Day on April 25th, we will be featuring stories, blogs, and other materials which highlight how pharmaceutical systems strengthening efforts–from fostering good governance to building local capacity and supporting high-quality, patient-centered pharmaceutical care–help to save the lives of women and children, improve the health of families and communities, and fortify health systems.

 

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World Malaria Day 2015: Defeating Malaria Through Stronger Pharmaceutical Systems
Approximately 3.3 billion people— nearly half of the world’s population— live at risk of becoming infected with malaria. The SIAPS Program is working with governments around the world to strengthen systems for malaria control, thereby ensuring the continuous availability of and rational use of antimalarial medicines and commodities in the places that need them the most.

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Community Case Management Pilot in Burundi Offers Opportunity for Improved Diagnosis and Treatment of Malaria
Malaria remains one of the major causes of death for children under five in Burundi. As part of a strategy to scale up malaria testing and treatment among children, SIAPS supported the Ministry of Health in piloting community-based case management (CCM) in three districts. This case study explores the results of the pilot and makes recommendations for future efforts to expand CCM.

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Country-Level Examples of How Stronger Health Systems Help Defeat Malaria
Strengthening health systems to be more transparent, responsive, and effective can help to make medicines, including antimalarials, and other health products more widely available and accessible to those who need them. Examples from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Columbia, and Guinea show how the USAID-funded SIAPS program, along with support from the President’s Malaria Initiative, is working to achieve long-lasting, sustainable progress against malaria. For more information, view the original blog post.
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A malaria diagnosis and treatment kit is delivered to a gold mining camp in Suriname. (Photo credit: John Marmion)

Last Mile, Last Patient: The Challenges of Supplying Antimalarial Medicines in Low-Incidence Settings
In many countries, new cases of malaria have dropped significantly. While this news is encouraging, maintaining progress in low-incidence areas can bring new procurement and supply management challenges. Working through the Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI), SIAPS works to develop innovative solutions which help to ensure that malaria medicines are readily available and that the number of new cases continues to drop.