The SMP uses a combination of approaches, including behavior change interventions, service delivery strengthening and institutional capacity building, to rapidly scale-up established interventions for malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
The project aims to distribute 17 million nets throughout the country. In the first
phase, nearly seven million nets will be handed out to cover pregnant women
and children under 5 in selected sub-counties in all districts in need of the nets. The remaining 10 million nets, to be distributed in the second phase across the same districts, will ensure that there is one net for every two people. The Ministry of Health is working with various partner agencies and 16 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to send the nets from Kampala to the subcounties, and then to the villages. Village Health Teams (VHTs) will visit everyone’s homes to register the number of houses and people in the household. They will also inform their communities when and where the distribution will take place, as well as carry out the actual distribution at parishes. Together with the village leaders, VHTs will explain to communities the causes of malaria, how it can be prevented by consistently sleeping under nets, and how to take care of the nets so they can be used for several years. VHTs will also help ensure the nets have been hung properly after the distribution.
A total of 406 VHTs have so far been trained in Masaka district (Bukakata and Kibinge sub counties), 308 VHTs trained in Rakai district (Kyebe and Kachera sub counties) and 317 VHTs trained in Mukono district (Nagojje and Namuganga sub counties).