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Benin: Projet Palu-Alafia

"Stepping up community malaria care for children under five in 14 health zones in Benin in an extended partnership with a view to increased impact"

Donor: Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria -- Round 7
Project Dates: The second phase started in June 2011 and will end in July 2013
Project Amount: $2,050,000
Technical Areas Covered: Malaria


Project Summary:

As part of an NGO consortium led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Plan is a sub-recipient of a community malaria project in Benin under the Global Fund Round 7. From 2008 to 2012, and with a total consortium budget of $22.9 million, the project is scaling up community-based treatment of fever/uncomplicated malaria among children under five in 14 health zones in Benin.

The current project aims to:

  • Reduce by 30% the level of morbidity and mortality in target populations through appropriate care at home for children under five
  • Contract community-based organizations to provide care and raise awareness
  • Strengthen the health system’s capacity in the care of fever in the community
  • Improve people’s knowledge and behavior with regard to prevention and care

As part of the NGO consortium, Plan is implementing the community-based case management of suspected malaria cases in 89 villages in the departments of Couffo and Atacora. Main activities include procurement of artesunate (ACT) medications and organizing distribution at community level, training of community workers and health agents in appropriate case management, and sensitization of mothers and caretakers of children under 5 in the early and appropriate management of malaria symptoms. In addition, Plan is supporting the distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets in health.

The project has 5 community facilitators covering 9 communes and 328 Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Atacora region. CBOs were identified based on their localization from a health center: hard-to-reach areas were targeted. The CBOs are in charge of implementing the activities in their villages, each CBO has identified 3 members trained to identify cases of fever, manage malaria cases at the village level and refer severe malaria cases at the nearest health center. They also received training to manage malaria drug, namely ACT and have received the drug from the project.