Malaria: Our Impact

Promotion of health for all is critical to fulfilling the commitment to the right to health. Haiti recognized the need to reform its health sector as one means of promoting a more equitable society that provides basic human rights for its citizens, and set about to reform its health system to better address essential health needs nearly a decade ago.

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Management Sciences for Health is pleased to announce publication of the "Evaluation of Malawi's Emergency Human Resource Programme."  The report documents the results of six years of efforts by the Government of Malawi and its partners, Britain's Department for International Development (DFID), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, to overcome its human resources in health crisis.The Emergency Human Resource Programme (EHRP) was launched in 2004 to address this crisis, largely caused by an acute shortage of professional workers in the public health sector.  In

April 25 is World Malaria Day, a time to recognize the global effort to fight against a disease that afflicts more than half a billion people across the globe. Malaria is not only a major cause of illness and death in developing countries but also a significant drain on their overstressed health systems and fragile economies. Especially in Africa, malaria is linked to high rates of infant and maternal death, chronic anemia, and complications that increase the severity of other diseases.

In 2006, the Malawi Ministry of Health chose the artemisinin-based combination therapy artemether-lumefantrine as the first-line drug for treating uncomplicated malaria. However, when Malawi officially launched the policy nationwide, one of the greatest challenges was a lack of capacity among health workers and pharmacy personnel to manage the new treatment.

Andualem Mohammed, SCMS advisor. Photo Credit: Margaret Hartley.MSH: Please tell me about your background and how you became interested in public health. I am from Ethiopia, and I joined Management Sciences for Health (MSH) as an employee seconded to a Missionaries of Charity orphanage for HIV-positive children, where I became the head of the pharmacy. But I wanted an opportunity to help millions of people instead of hundreds, so I joined the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) Project as Quantification and Supply Planning Advisor.MSH: What is your role at MSH?

HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, diarrheal disease, respiratory tract infections—these major killers in the developing world are becoming resistant to the medicines used to treat them. According to the Center for Global Development, the emergence and spread of drug resistance are draining resources and threatening the ability to treat infectious diseases in developing countries. Through international forums and publications, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) continues to spread the word about ways to contain resistance to antimicrobials.In September, Dr. Mohan P.

The World Health Organization’s official recognition of the H1N1 virus as a pandemic this past June focused global attention on the challenge of responding to human outbreaks of zoonotic diseases, which are diseases transmissible from animals to humans. Through work in 49 countries in the past five years, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has developed a unique multisector approach to assist countries not only in responding to pandemics but also in preventing future outbreaks.

By building latrines, repairing water sources, and providing education about hygiene and environmental sanitation in rural villages and schools in Togo and Niger, Action for West Africa Region–Reproductive Health (AWARE-RH) has contributed to better health for more than 18,000 people. Diarrhea kills about 2 million children every year, largely be-cause they lack clean water and basic sanitation services. In rural Togo, only about 50 percent of the population has access to clean water, and only 17 percent have access to basic sanitation facilities.

PATH and the US Coalition for Child Survival are coordinating an initiative to tackle diarrheal disease by inviting leaders in the fields of health, water and sanitation, development and relief, and environmental sectors to sign on to a call to action on diarrheal disease.