The Strategic Framework for Malaria Communication at the Country Level

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The Strategic Framework, drafted through a consensus process, focuses on the need to address five challenges to malaria control as stated in the RBM Global Malaria Action Plan. These challenges are to:

  •  Improve the acceptance and use of long lasting insecticide treated bed nets (LLINs), particularly for children under five and pregnant women
  •  Accelerate access to and demand for intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women (IPTp)
  •  Improve early treatment seeking and compliance with drug therapy (Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy — ACTs)
  •  Increase acceptance of indoor residual spraying (IRS) as a tool in vector control
  •  Strengthen a culture of malaria prevention and treatment-seeking behavior
  •  Mobilize political commitment and resources for malaria and for country level communication efforts

 

The Strategic Framework sets out an agenda for ensuring state-of-the-art health communication plays a stronger role in improving the impact of the global malaria control effort. It defines a common vision and goals for improving the effectiveness of malaria communication programs and recommends operations research to build a stronger evidence base for effective approaches.