Malaria Social and Behaviour Change Program Guidance in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic

RBM Partnership to End Malaria Social and Behavior Change Working Group

On April 9, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Malaria Program (GMP) released guidance, Tailoring Malaria Interventions in the COVID19 Response, to address malaria within the context of COVID-19. 

This topic cuts across vector control (insecticide-treated nets [ITNs] and indoor residual spraying [IRS]), case management, chemoprevention (intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy [IPTp], seasonal malaria chemoprevention [SMC]), and supportive structures and systems (supply chain, program management, information systems, and communication and community engagement).

To complement the recent guidance from the WHO GMP, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria Social Behaviour Change Working Group has developed interim guidance for malaria SBC in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is recognized that during this unprecedented time, malaria remains an issue in malaria-affected countries and in the current context, community members and health workers may face additional challenges that significantly impact the health system. To this end, approaches and systems should be supported to deliver malaria services among communities, households, and individuals.