Integration of malaria programmes into a country’s wider health system and public health programmes specifically communicable diseases e.g. zero reporting system are necessary to maintain malaria elimination objectives. An integrated health system is necessary to maintain the technical knowledge, skill and experience of all health facilities and community workers to provide a strong surveillance system, efficient case detection, and treatment solutions to prevent the re-establishment of malaria. This requires countries and their National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) to:
- Provide adequate resources to ensure coordinating functions are continued and the capacity to respond to newly reported cases is rapid and efficient,
- Maintain financial and political commitments at the national level to ensure expertise and technical experience remain functional,
- Promote community involvement for case detection, treatment compliance and vector control,
Efficient mobilization of malaria-related commodities from a defined reference centers (regional, provincial, district) to affected areas in a timely manner.