Malaria and Zika

Malaria

Stopping malaria transmission and malaria-related deaths is widely recognized as an achievable goal, with remarkable progress since 2000, but achieving that goal requires comprehensive, integrated programming. URC engages in a wide range of malaria prevention and control activities

  • In communities, we work with all levels of government and with civil society organizations to promote, distribute, and hang up long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs). To foster sustained use of malaria interventions, we carry out multifaceted social mobilization campaigns.
  • In facilities, we ensure that providers have the skills, medicines, and equipment for intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy, improved diagnosis through rapid tests and high-quality microscopy, and strengthened case management using artemisinin combination therapy. Supportive supervision of providers at the health facility and community levels reinforces these skills.
  • At the national level, we improve the quality and use of malaria data and enhance procurement and logistics to ensure a reliable supply of high-quality drugs and diagnostics.

Our activities are based on rigorous operational research to identify the best models for reducing malaria transmission in the local context and entomological research to guide policy and programming decisions to reduce insecticide resistance and improve vector control. Our work—aligned with global efforts—is having measurable effects. Our CAP-Malaria project, for example, is helping contain the spread of multidrug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

 

Zika

The recent emergence and rapid spread of the Zika virus presents a grave, new challenge for health systems and practitioners across the Zika-affected regions, as they work to address the unique health needs and concerns of individuals and families affected by the epidemic.

As part of the Zika virus epidemic emergency response, URC, through USAID ASSIST, is providing intensive assistance to the Ministry of Health in five countries – the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Activities supported include: conducting a baseline assessment of the quality of Zika-related care, revising Zika-related clinical guidelines, training health care providers on counseling skills, improving Zika-related clinical processes, conducting face-to-face and virtual courses on Zika-related health care, implementing a Zika quality improvement program, and cultivating a Zika community of practice to rapidly scale up learning across all affected countries.

 

A migrant worker in Cambodia receives a LLIN from her employer through a partnership with the CAP-Malaria project (2014)