*The PMI VectorLink Benin Project closed out on December 31, 2021.
The entire population of Benin is at risk for malaria and it is the leading cause of death among children under five. With support from PMI and other partners, rapid diagnostic tests, artemisinin-based combination therapies, and intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy (IPTp) are now available and being used in public health facilities nationwide and millions of insecticide-treated nets have been distributed. Several key malaria indicators have improved and the country’s long-term vision is to reduce the burden of malaria so that it is no longer a roadblock to development.
The PMI VectorLink Project in Benin works with the Ministry of Health, the National Malaria Control Program, and other stakeholders to achieve at least 85 percent coverage through key malaria interventions including IRS.
In 2021, the PMI VectorLink Benin project will work with the Ministry of Health (MOH), National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), CREC (Entomological Research Center of Cotonou), Benin’s Departmental Directorate of the Living Environment and Sustainable Development (DDCVDD), Benin’s Department of Agriculture (DAGRI) and the Departmental Directorate of Health (DDS) to spray 279,416 targeted structures in three districts of Donga department (Copargo, Djougou and Ouake) and three districts in Alibori department (Gogounou, Kandi and Segbana). Out of the six targeted districts, two districts (Ouaké and Segbana) will receive blanket spray where all sub-districts will be sprayed. However, due to budget limitations and considering that NMCP would like to spray all six districts, the project will conduct focal spray in the other four districts (Kandi, Djougou, Copargo and Gogounou). The project will use Sumishield® during the 2021 spray campaign.
The project’s primary objective is to achieve a minimum coverage of 85 percent of all targeted structures in each district by implementing high-quality IRS operations.
In addition to spraying, in Year 4 (January 2021 – December 2021), the project carried out the following activities:
- Scaled up capacity at the national, regional, district, and local levels to manage IRS operations, including planning, spraying, resource allocation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
- Conducted training with a focus on IRS supervision and spray techniques to improve the overall quality of spraying.
- Conducted regular M&E of project activities to ensure alignment with set targets and objectives.
- Mainstreamed gender equality and female empowerment by ensuring women’s participation in different project activities.
- Involved community health workers in spray activities in the target districts. The project will recruit community health workers as mobilizers in their villages in partnership with the local leaders during spraying.
- Carried out a logistics assessment in all districts, and arrange all procurement, shipping, delivery, and storage of IRS commodities.
- Strengthened the IRS logistics and warehousing system through enhanced training and supervision.
- Coordinated community mobilization activities in collaboration with stakeholders to raise awareness of IRS and to encourage beneficiary and stakeholder ownership.
- Engaged technically with CREC, who will conduct insecticide resistance, wall bioassay, vector density monitoring, and behavioral studies.
- Collaborated with other implementing partners in the six districts to complement each other’s work and ensure no duplication of efforts.
- Ensured safe and correct insecticide application, thus minimizing human and environmental exposure to IRS insecticides, in compliance with the Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA).
- Conducted environmental compliance assessments (Environmental Audit and Environmental Social and Impact Assessment) in consultation with PMI and the National Environmental Management Authority.
- Promoted cost-efficiency options in the implementation of activities.