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Togo: Improving universal-access prevention and care services for Malaria in Togo

Donor: Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) -- Round 9
Project Dates: Phase 1 - January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2012
Project Amount: EUR 20,171,598
Technical Areas Covered: Malaria


Project Summary:

A project to curtail deaths from malaria is being rolled out across Togo as part of a US$25,200,000 partnership between the country's Ministry of Health, Plan and the Global Fund. In 2011, Plan led the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (LLITNs) to the entire population of Togo. Over 3 Million LLITNs were distributed during 2011, providing near universal coverage, which should lead to a major drop in mortality and morbidity from malaria in Togo.

The partnership in Togo is one of four between Plan and The Global Fund in West Africa with a combined value of more than $71,000,000. Burkina Faso, Benin and Cameroon are the other recipient countries.

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the reduction of malaria morbidity and mortality by 70% in 2015. The program will benefit the entire population of Togo estimated at 5,790,000 people in 2008. The objective targets of the project include: increasing the utilization rate of LLITN by 80% in 2011 and 90% in 2015; increasing the protection of pregnant women by IPT 2 to 80% in 2011 and 90% in 2015; ensuring proper health care for malaria cases up to 90% by 2015.

The project employs the following key strategies to meet its objectives:

  • Behavior Change Communication at community level through the involvement of Community Health Workers (CHWs) for awareness activities
  • Make LLITNs available to the entire population through a mass distribution campaign
  • Ensure correct diagnostics of malaria at the community level by using Rapid Diagnostic Tests
  • Provide ACT medications to Community Health Workers to treat cases of uncomplicated malaria
  • Train Community Health Workers according to national malaria treatment guidelines