The existence of a well-functioning malaria surveillance system is very important to accurately assess disease trends, monitor changing disease patters and plan response interventions. The data generated through such systems are essential for evaluating and improving the effectiveness of health interventions. Activities focus on strengthening national malaria surveillance systems and M&E to further countries’ ability to effectively implement malaria elimination and control activities.
For successful malaria programs, NMCPs need to:
- Ensure universal access to quality and appropriate diagnostic tests, available always, for all individuals with suspected malaria
- Guarantee timeliness and accuracy of case reporting through training, supervision and retraining
- Facilitate case detection, confirmation and reporting of malaria cases by community workers
In addition to access to information, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of malaria diagnostics is important to ensure detection and appropriate treatment of all identified cases. A quality assurance system confirms that the diagnostic results are accurate by ensuring that:
- The staff are competent and their ongoing performance is supported through training, supervision, and ongoing assessment,
- Staff have the needed equipment and supplies, and
- Results are cross-checked routinely.