The PMI VectorLink Project is implementing IRS operations to reduce the prevalence of malaria in Tanzania to further the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and PMI’s goal of reducing malaria-associated mortality and morbidity in selected districts in mainland Tanzania. The project will spray in nine districts: Ngara, Missenyi, Chato, Bukoba Rural, Musoma Rural, Butiama, Sengerema, Kwimba and Nyang’hwale. The districts to be sprayed in Zanzibar will be jointly determined with the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program (ZAMEP) and PMI Tanzania.
Objectives for the 2018 spray campaign include the following:
- Achieve spray coverage of at least 85% of the 721,609 eligible structures targeted in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar as follows: approximately 657,938 eligible structures targeted in nine districts of mainland Tanzania and approximately 63,671 eligible structures in Zanzibar
- Ensure compliance with environmental regulations and establish best practices in the target districts for IRS insecticide handling and usage
- Establish effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of all activities to measure the results of the IRS intervention
Additionally, the Project will:
- Support training, capacity building, and advocacy at the national, regional, and district level as a means to achieving IRS sustainability
- Provide regular M&E for the project, including a daily mobile-based performance tracker.
- Carry out a logistics assessment in all districts and arrange all procurement, shipping, delivery, and storage of spray tanks, spare parts, insecticides, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Ensure 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)
- Coordinate information, education, and communication (IEC) and social and behavior change sensitization and mobilization activities with other stakeholders to raise community awareness of IRS and to encourage beneficiary and stakeholder ownership.
- Help the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program (ZAMEP) conduct routine entomological monitoring in all spray sites and control unsprayed sites, including assessing malaria vector density, vector survival (age), and species composition in intervention and control areas; establish vector feeding time and location; monitor the quality of insecticide application and insecticide decay rates; and assess vector susceptibility to insecticides and prevailing mechanisms of resistance
- Promote cost efficiency through due diligence and efficiency of operations.