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Newsletter | October 2022
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Reflections of outgoing Malaria Consortium Chief Executive, Charles Nelson
Dear Partners and Supporters,

This month, we bid farewell to our Chief Executive of almost a decade, Charles Nelson. Charles has directed Malaria Consortium through an exciting period of growth, as we established ourselves as a leading, global non-profit in the prevention, treatment and control of malaria and other communicable diseases. Reflecting on his leadership, Charles takes one last trip to a Karamojong community in Uganda, where we have launched the seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) programme with the country's Ministry of Health.

Charles' successor, James Tibenderana – currently the organisation’s Global Technical Director – brings to the role over 20 years of experience in the fields of epidemiology, infectious and tropical diseases, shaping health policy and health system strengthening.

Read on to hear Charles' final reflections and the latest from our news, blog and publications this month...
Read Charles' final reflections
Join Malaria Consortium at ASTMH 2022 30 October-3 November | Seattle & Online in white text on a blue image
Malaria Consortium at #ASTMH2022

This week, we are presenting some our latest research at the 2022 American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) from 30 October to 3 November, in Seattle and online.

You can view a full schedule of Malaria Consortium’s activities at the conference on our website, including our presence at symposiums on pneumonia research priorities and seasonal malaria chemoprevention. If you're not attending the event, our posters and presentations will be published on our website following the sessions, so you won't miss out.
View our schedule
Our associated publications
Our posters and presentations
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Our latest news

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Uganda celebrates launch of SMC as part of roadmap to achieve zero malaria status by 2030
 
Our research finds that 90 percent of children in Uganda who received seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) medicine did not experience any malaria episodes during the peak transmission season. Follow the link below to learn more...
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Community health workers are saving costs of care for the three major childhood illnesses in Mozambique and Uganda
 
In Uganda and Mozambique, treatment costs for malaria and pneumonia are high. New research, evaluating the costs of community-based approaches, finds that community health workers can reduce treatment costs for under-fives in rural areas. Click on the button below to find out more...
Read now
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Our latest
publications

Malaria Consortium at #ICTMM2022 Bangkok, Thailand upSCALE: Strengthening mobile health to improve disease surveillance and community-based services in Mozambique By Edson Alexandre Zandamela in blue text (left), photo of temple (right)
Malaria Consortium at #ICTMM2022

Last week, we presented some of our findings from our community-based service delivery projects in Southeast Asia at the 20th International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM) in Bangkok, Thailand.

At a malaria symposium, Malaria Consortium Digital Health Specialist, Edson Alexandre Zandamela, shared how, through the upSCALE project, we're strengthening mobile health to improve disease surveillance and community-based services in Mozambique. upSCALE has the capacity to be one of the most detailed surveillance tools in community case management globally, capturing geo/temporal data at the individual level and supporting improved targeted resource planning and mobilisation. With the right investment, upSCALE can be sustained and embedded firmly within Mozambique's Ministry of Health.

Dr Nay Yi Yi Linn, Deputy Director of the National Malaria Control Programme in Myanmar, also presented lessons learnt through training malaria volunteers to deliver integrated community case management (iCCM) in the country, closing services gaps for malaria and common childhood illnesses in six townships in the Sagaing region.
Download upSCALE presentation
Download iCCM presentation
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Delivering a long-lasting insecticidal net campaign in South Sudan

In South Sudan, we are currently supporting the implementation of a long-lasting insecticidal net campaign in Central Equatoria and Northern Bahr El Ghazal states to combat malaria. The campaign has been designed to be adaptable to changing circumstances, especially in flood-prone areas. 
Read the project brief
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Malaria surveillance in Mozambique

In Mozambique, malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, responsible for 10 million infections and over 23,000 deaths in 2020. We asked health facility staff to share their experience of improving data quality to reduce this burden in three case studies.
Read the case studies
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Our blog

Photo story Reducing childhood morbidity and mortality caused by common illness in Uganda in white text over image of mother and infant
Photo story: Reducing childhood morbidity and mortality caused by common illness in Uganda

In Kole district in Uganda, community health workers providing community-based services contributed to a reduction in childhood morbidity and mortality, through rapid diagnosis and effective treatment. Click on the link below to view our photo story...
Read the photo story
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Digital tools to deliver iCCM in Uganda: Real-time data for decision-making at all levels of the health system

A global week of action took place in October to mark #DigitalHealthWeek. Prioritising digital health initiatives enables real-time health information and better availability of data at community, district and regional levels. We're working with the Ministry of Health in Uganda to deliver integrated community case management (iCCM) through digital solutions 📱.
Read the blog
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Community-led approach to improving access to sexual health and family planning services in South Sudan
 
11 October was International #DayOfTheGirlChild. We asked Adut, a student in South Sudan, to share her experience of helping to break down the stigma of accessing essential sexual health services and improving health outcomes for girls in her community with us.
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