Number of Pregnant women receiving insecticidal nets at antenatal care increases.

In Summary
  • Malaria Action Program for District (MAPD) ends
  • MAPD register success in 53 districts.
  • over 100 Village health club have been created

The 5 year Malaria intervention project carried out by both the United States government and Uganda government the "Malaria Action Program for District" has come to an end after registering quite a number of achievements.

Among the achievements is the creation of over 100 village health clubs which play an important role in educating communities about malaria control and prevention in the 53 districts where the project has been operational. Village health clubs can play a critical role in supporting pregnant women to attend ANC and also deliver at the health facility by pooling funds to arrange transport and help pay medical bills. Village health teams can help to significantly reduce the burden on health facilities by ensuring they have been trained to carry out malaria diagnosis at the community level and refer only severe cases on.

Through Malaria Action Program For District (MAPD), treatment coverage was significantly increased through timely and quality treatment of malaria at the community level.

Although malaria prevalence rates have dropped from 19% in 2014 to 9% in 2019, malaria remains consistently high in some areas 

According to Dr. Sam Gudoi chief of party at malaria consortium, through the project, the Intermittent Preventive Treatment for malaria in pregnancy increased from 5 percent (2017) to 37 percent (2018) to 64 percent (2019) and 68 percent in 2020, Pregnant women receiving Long-lasting insecticidal nets at antenatal care has also increased from 48 to 66 to 79 percent in the same period.

Natalie E. Brown
The project has climaxed with commissioning of the renovated Wabusaana Health Center III by the US ambassador Her Excellency Natalie E. Brown.
Image: Malaria Consortium

The project was run in 53 districts covering the regions of WestNile, Central, Bunyoro and Rwenzori .

Malaria is a major public health problem in Uganda, and the country contributes significantly to the global malaria burden.Malaria is endemic in approximately 95% of the country, affecting over 90% of the population.

In order to address this burden, Ministry of Health entered a strategic partnership with President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), through a five year USAID’s Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD), with Malaria Consortium as the prime contractor and six consortium members (Jhpiego, Banyan Global, Communication for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU), Deloitte Uganda, Infectious Diseases Institute–IDI) and Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC).