- Equiping all health facilities with malaria diagnostic facilities (microscopes or RDTs) and
- provide effective antimalarial drugs.
- Strengthening human resource through in-service training of laboratory technicians and
- Scaling-up community based treatment of malaria in all districts through the home base care of malaria targeting children under five years living in rural areas and areas with limited access.
- Insecticide Treated materials (ITM) scale-up access to Long Lasting Insecticide Nets to achieve universal coverage -:Access to Insecticide treated nets.
- Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) will be scaled up rapidly, building on the models of IRS campaigns in Obuasi and the Northern Region.
- Strengthening the routine data collection system to capture reliable information, and undertake regular operational researches to provide evidence for decision making.
- Forge functional partnerships and mechanisms between departments, programmes within and outside the health sector.
When these strategies are implemented it is expected that the following outcomes will be achieved:
1. Improved Malaria Prevention
- Increased use of ITMs by children and pregnant women
- Improved drainage, mosquito-proofing of houses and general sanitation
- Reduction of mosquito population through in-door residual spraying and larviciding
2. Improved access to Prompt and Effective Treatment
- Early recognition of fever and early treatment with Artesunate-Amodiaquine especially at the home
- Appropriate referral of severe cases assured
- Quality of treatment for malaria improved
- Basic services accessible to the sick
3. Strengthened Monitoring and Evaluation, and Operational Research
- Increased availability of funds for research and monitoring
- Capacity in malaria research and monitoring improved
- Routine monitoring of programme activities and outputs strengthened
- Operational research into malaria undertaken and results disseminated and utilized to
- improve program planning
- Periodic evaluation of programme outcomes and impact institutionalized,
- Safety and efficacy of drugs and insecticides monitoring institutionalized and strengthened
- Annual programme reviews conducted
4. Strengthened Health Systems at all Levels
- Human resource capacity built to deliver health (including malaria) interventions at all
- Infrastructure, logistics and communication systems improved
- Financial management improved at all levels
- Improved procurement and supply management
- Community systems strengthened
5. Create and Sustain Partnerships for Malaria Control
- Functional partnerships and mechanisms between departments and programmes within health
- Functional partnerships and mechanisms with and between development agencies
- Functional partnership and mechanisms with and between government sectors
- Functional partnership and mechanisms with and between NGOs, private sectors and informal sectors