Integrated Malaria Program (IMaP)

In Mozambique, malaria accounts for nearly 30 percent of all deaths and is especially lethal for children under five. Malaria has a seasonal fluctuation in all parts of the country with a seasonal peak ranging from December to April. It has a significant negative impact in the high-transmission north and center provinces of the country.

IMAP is a five-year program to be completed in 2022, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), that aims to strengthen the implementation of the Mozambique National Malaria Strategic Plan (NMSP), as aligned with the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) strategies. IMaP’s overall goal is to reduce malaria-associated mortality, morbidity, and parasitemia in four high malaria burden provinces: Zambézia, Nampula, Cabo Delgado, and Tete. IMaP has three main objectives:

  1. Support the implementation of proven malaria interventions at community and facility levels, in alignment with NMSP
  2. Strengthen management capacity of the provincial, and district and Ministry of Health personnel to provide oversight and supervision of malaria interventions
  3. Improve Health Management Information System data reporting, analysis, and use at the provincial and district levels

Friends in Global Health (FGH) is the clinical implementation partner of the Integrated Malaria Program (IMaP) in Mozambique, under the direction of Chemonics International. FGH activities include:

  • FGH Provincial Clinical Advisors based at the provincial capitals of Zambézia, Nampula, Cabo Delgado, and Tete provinces provide technical assistance to the provincial health authorities in implementing the National Malaria Strategic Plan. FGH Provincial Clinical Advisors participate as trainers in training sessions, accompany provincial health authorities’ staff at supportive supervision visits, and on-the-job training of health facility staff in delivering malaria services.
  • FGH Laboratory team provides technical support in implementing the province-led malaria External Quality Assessment process for malaria testing. FGH assisted provincial health authorities in implementing baseline assessments of laboratory capacity (infrastructure and technical) and providing technical support to low-performing laboratories, focusing on smear preparation and quantification of parasites with routine quality assessments to measure laboratory progress.