Though malaria prevalence in Ethiopia is relatively low compared to other African nations, nearly 70 percent of the population lives in areas at risk of malaria. Prompt access to quality malaria case management, including laboratory-based diagnosis in remote rural areas, has improved dramatically over the last decade as have surveillance systems that capture malaria cases and deaths.
The PMI VectorLink Project in Ethiopia will conduct IRS in 44 target districts in three regions: Oromia (10), Gambella (14), and Benishangul Gumuz (20) for 30 days (June 4 – July 7, 2018) using Actellic 300 CS, and also provide support to 60 graduated districts.
The VectorLink project will address gaps identified in the 2017 IRS campaign that require attention and continued strengthening including IRS spray techniques, IRS supervision, mobilization, pump maintenance and store and stock management. The Project will continue to implement the following approaches in the 2018 spray round to further improve the overall spray performance:
- Refresher training of Master Trainers to lead IRS training of trainers (TOT) and subsequent enhanced supervision;
- Training of district supervisors with a focus on IRS supervision;
- Practical training on spray techniques at both TOT and cascade training for SOPs and district supervisors;
- Refresher training of pump technicians to manage pump maintenance;
- Involve Health Extension Workers (HEWs) and/ or Kebele leaders as mobilizers to work alongside the IRS team.