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 2019, PMI will support the spraying of approximately 348,978 structures. In addition, the project will conduct the following activities:
- Promote the transfer of technical capacity to national governments, support training and advocacy at national, departmental, and commune levels as a means of achieving IRS sustainability. This support will include building the capacity of government, counterparts, and partners to undertake high-quality IRS through conducting morning mobilizations, supervising teams in the field; verifying the completion of IRS form; organizing daily debriefings and logistics; supervising data entry; preparing the IRS report; and reinforcing their familiarity with the use of smartphone technology during the spraying and environmental compliance supervision.
- Coordinate all IRS activities and provide regular monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to the IRS program.
- Carry out geographical reconnaissance / logistics assessment in all communes and arrange all procurement, shipping, delivery, and storage of sprayers, spare parts, insecticides and PPE.
- Ensure proper insecticide application techniques to minimize human and environmental exposure to IRS insecticides in compliance with the Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan (PERSUAP) and Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA).
- Coordinate information, education and communication (IEC), social and behavior change communication (BCC), sensitization, and mobilization activities with other stakeholders to raise populations’ awareness of IRS, and to encourage ownership.
- Prepare clear terms of reference, scale payment and working conditions, codes of conduct and reporting structures for all seasonal staff involved in the spraying operations.
- Promote cost-efficiency options in the implementation of activities.