Liberia Malaria Communication Strategy 2016-2020
The fourth Liberia National Malaria Strategic Plan (NSP) for 2016–2020 addresses the need to scale-up malaria control and prevention activities to build on gains made under the Millennium Development Goals and to continue making progress under the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This new NSP addresses gaps observed in the implementation of the 2010–2015 Strategy and puts forth a more detailed budgeted strategy dealing with the malaria situation in Liberia by these target dates. Given the lessons learned from negative effect of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on malaria programming, the NSP includes a plan to ensure malaria control activities are able to continue with minimal disruptions in the event of an emergency.
The objectives and activities set out in this document reflect the priorities and goals of World Health Organization (WHO), the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). Best practices and successes from other African countries will also inform the scale-up of future malaria control and prevention measures, from the health facility down to the community level. In addition, a new focus on private sector involvement will increase broader coverage of health-care delivery in Liberia.
This revised Malaria Communication Strategy takes current knowledge, beliefs, and practices into account to better contribute to the overall goal of halving malaria cases and deaths by 2020. The strategy seeks to facilitate the achievement of the following National Strategic Plan 2016–2020 objectives:
- To increase access to prompt diagnosis and effective treatment targeting 85% of population by 2020.
- To ensure that 80% of the population are protected by malaria preventive measures by 2020.
- To increase the proportion of the population who practice malaria preventive measures from 40% to 85% and sustain knowledge at 98% by the end of 2020.
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