Supporting the malaria control programme in Odisha
Of the 1.5 million malaria cases reported annually in India, 25% of those cases are in Odisha which has only 4% of India’s population. The disease accounts for over 23% of all maternal deaths in affected areas in the state. Odisha’s malaria control programme is focusing on pregnant women at risk and tribal children.
The Malaria Control Programme has a three-pronged strategy:
1. Improved malaria case management
diagnosis within 24 hours using rapid diagnostic kits (RDK)
treatment with Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT)
2. Strengthen malaria surveillance
3. Effective vector control
Providing innovative ideas for behaviour change communication
Supporting documenting processes and lesson learning
Providing procurement support to purchase additional nets for pregnant women
Working with the Department of Health to procure LLINs for the Mo Mosari (my mosquito net) scheme
Monitoring coverage and use of LLINs as well as diagnosis and treatment of malaria through Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) which provides reliable estimates using small sample sizes to help local managers improve programme performance.