Malaria is a public health priority in Africa, where approximately 80 percent of global cases occur. In Nigeria, an estimated 97% percent of the population is at risk, transmission rates are high and the vast majority of infections are recurrent. The dominant malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum is potentially fatal, and as a result, malaria-associated mortality remains high.
Malaria is a preventable disease and can be successfully eliminated. In line with this, the government switched its focus in 2014 from malaria control to elimination, and delineates the plan to get Nigeria to pre-elimination by 2020 in the current National Malaria Strategic Plan which covers the years 2014 and 2020. By championing the use of evidence for decision making, collaborating with key stakeholders in the malaria space and bringing together thought leaders and experts in the field, HSDF is driving the realisation of this vision.
Our goal is to provide strategic guidance and well-articulated technical support to the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), various State Malaria Elimination Programmes (SMEPs) and other malaria stakeholders as they work towards achieving set targets in line with the national malaria strategic plan with the ultimate vision of eliminating malaria in Nigeria.
Knowledge generation, translation and dissemination
Fostering Public-Private Sector Collaboration
Recognising early, the need for the active participation and collaboration of the private sector in the malaria initiative, HSDF pioneered the development of the “Malaria Business Case”, a document that provides a compelling argument for the involvement of the private sector in malaria elimination efforts, and presents a guide on how the unique opportunities afforded by the private sector can be harnessed to improve malaria outcomes.
Malaria Data Generation
As a strong advocate for evidence-based decision making, HSDF is committed to ensuring that the data required to guide programmatic decisions is generated and widely available. As such, the firm provides advisory services to the government to aid the design and execution of national surveys. Most recently, HSDF served as a thought partner in the development of the protocols used for the soon-to-be published 2015 Malaria Indicator Survey.
HSDF collaborates with world-renowned institutions to conduct implementation research that can shape policy and positively impact malaria outcomes. An example of one such collaboration is the ongoing partnership between HSDF and the Harvard Defeating Malaria initiative. Our pilot research project aims to understand how the organizational archetype of the State malaria programme and the political economy of the State interact to produce different malaria outcomes. The three-tiered governmental structure of the country presents unique challenges, and in the first instance, the study describes the different state malaria programme structures identified and if this and the political economy of the states have any bearing on how malaria data is used in decision making and subsequent malaria outcomes. Ultimately, as with all of our research, insights and recommendations from this research shall be shared with key stakeholders with the aim of further improving the delivery of malaria control efforts.