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Reducing the Harm from Malaria in Zimbabwe


Highlights

  • In Zimbabwe, incidence of malaria rose almost one-third from 2012 to 2013.
  • Abt Associates and our partners are working together closely on the ZAPIM project.
  • To date, ZAPIM has trained hundreds of health workers and helped distribute nearly 1 million nets.
The Challenge

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.

The Approach

Abt Associates and our partners are working closely with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care/National Malaria Control Programs in the Zimbabwe Assistance Program in Malaria (ZAPIM) project. The President’s Malaria Initiative is funding ZAPIM for five years.

ZAPIM focuses on:

  • Improving case management, especially with pregnant women;
  • Use of long-lasting insecticidal nets;
  • Social and behavior change;
  • Operations research; and
  • 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.

The Results

To date, ZAPIM has trained hundreds of healthcare and village health workers in malaria case management and facilitated the distribution of nearly 1 million nets. The project runs through 2020.