Reducing the Harm from Malaria in Zimbabwe
- In Zimbabwe, incidence of malaria rose almost one-third from 2012 to 2013.
- Abt worked closely with our partners to improve malaria case management and provide long-lasting insecticidal nets.
- ZAPIM trained hundreds of health workers and helped distribute 1.6 million nets.
Malaria is the third most common cause of illness in Zimbabwe. Approximately 1 in 12 children die before their fifth birthday due to malaria, according to the 2010 Demographic and Health Survey. While the country had made progress in the last decade, incidence of malaria rose almost one-third from 2012 to 2013.
Abt and our partners in the Zimbabwe Assistance Program in Malaria (ZAPIM) project have worked closely with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care/National Malaria Control Programs. The President’s Malaria Initiative funded ZAPIM for five and a half years.
ZAPIM focuses on:
- Improving case management, especially with pregnant women
- Use of long-lasting insecticidal nets
- Social and behavior change
- Operations research
- Monitoring and evaluation to improve results
ZAPIM operates in three provinces. Ministry staff provide the services to continue building capacity within the government. We also participate in national social behavior change and other committees, and have supported the development and production of malaria communication materials and processes.
To date, ZAPIM has trained hundreds of healthcare and village health workers in malaria case management and facilitated the distribution of nearly 1.6 million nets. The project runs through March 2021.