The StopPalu+ program, led by RTI International, supports the Guinean National Malaria Control Program in achieving the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)’s target of reducing malaria morbidity and mortality by 75% through malaria diagnostics.
StopPalu+ addresses gaps in malaria prevention and control by supporting essential health service delivery, behavior change communication, capacity building and supervision, disease surveillance, and monitoring and evaluation. The effort works across 19 districts in Guinea to increase the use of insecticide-treated nets, offer seasonal malaria chemoprevention to children, provide preventive therapy for pregnant women, and strengthen prompt care-seeking and treatment.
Our team provides technical assistance to improve malaria diagnostic capacities at all levels of the health system, including training of trainers and laboratory technicians, introducing rapid diagnostic testing and providing job aids to community health workers, and conducting malaria diagnosis refresher training as well as testing and certifying laboratory technicians in malaria microscopy.
As a result, these trainings and supervisions, 15 microscopists are now qualified to participate in a World Health Organization external competency assessment for malaria microscopy (ECAMM) where 13 achieved level 1 accreditation and two achieved level 2 certifications at Pre-ECAMM. Also, 10 microscopists became WHO-accredited experts.