The National Malaria Control and Elimination Program (NMCEP) is the Department of Health's (DOH) arm in achieving the government's commitment towards Malaria elimination. NMCEP is one of the programs being managed by the DOH Disease and Prevention Control Bureau (DPCB). It is headed by the Program Manager and supported by technical and administrative staff to ensure the implementation of the following mandates:
Malaria program’s treatment protocol and guidelines is in sync with global agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Global Technical Strategy (GTS), Framework for Malaria Elimination of WHO, and National Objectives for Health (NOH).
NMCEP works closely with various DOH Offices and local and international partner agencies. To ensure malaria health service delivery, the program is in constant collaboration with 17 Regional Health Offices; and 81 Provincial Health Offices (PHOs) thru their respective Local Government Units (LGUs). The program aids the LGUs in terms of funds, commodities, training and technical assistance.
Different partners and their projects provide technical and financial support to NMCEP such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), Global Fund Against AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund), and Zuellig Family Foundation.
Vision: A Malaria–Free Philippines by 2030
Mission: Further accelerate malaria control and transition towards elimination
Goal: By 2022, to reduce malaria incidence in the Philippines by 90% relative to a 2016 baseline and to increase the number of malaria free provinces from 32 to 74.
Objective 1 (Universal Access). To ensure universal access to reliable diagnosis, highly effective and appropriate treatment and preventive measures.
Objective 2 (Governance and Human Resources). To strengthen governance and human resources capacity at all levels to manage and implement malaria interventions.
Objective 3 (Health Financing). To secure government and non-government financing to sustain malaria control and elimination efforts at all levels.
Objective 4 (Health Information and Regulation). To ensure quality malaria services, timely detection of infection and immediate response, and information and evidence to guide malaria elimination.
Overall Policy Direction. Efforts will be geared towards accelerating the program towards elimination, attainment of malaria–free status and prevention of re-introduction.
Policy Direction 1. Area stratification down to the barangay/sitio level will be applied on the basis of rate of transmission to guide the application of appropriate package of interventions and prioritization of resources. Provinces reaching zero indigenous malaria will reclassify their barangay following the elimination framework stratification of malaria endemic foci with its corresponding intervention packages.
Policy Direction 2. The program will ensure universal access to early diagnosis and prompt treatment. Microscopy remains the gold standard for malaria diagnosis. Rapid Diagnostic Tests will complement microscopy in situations where microscopy will not be immediately available. Treatment must make use of effective anti-malarial drugs, with guidance from results of up-to-date efficacy studies done in the country.
Policy Direction 3. Universal coverage of vector control measures will also be ensured. Use of insecticide treated nets (ITN), particularly the more cost-effective long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) is the main vector control measure. Indoor residual spraying (IRS) with insecticide shall be adopted in areas where the use of net is not culturally acceptable, displaced population and epidemic situations. IRS will also be done with guidance from the results of epidemic and foci investigations.
Policy Direction 4. Quality assurance for malaria microscopy, treatment and vector control measures will be expanded to all endemic provinces, cities and municipalities, and must be sustained in malaria-free areas.
Policy Direction 5. Malaria surveillance will be used as a core intervention aimed at detecting suspect malaria cases and confirming every infection for proper classification and management particularly in areas that have been assessed to have interrupted transmission and/or declared malaria-free. Epidemic management and response will be integrated with the Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (PIDSR) and established at all levels of administration.
Policy Direction 6. Health Promotion will be enhanced through the delivery of key messages focused to each group of stakeholders and according to the stratification category of areas.
Policy Direction 7. Local capacities of malaria program management will be strengthened and coordination among and between levels of administration relative to malaria program efforts and resources will be streamlined.
Policy Direction 8. Efforts will be exerted for LGU’s to design or adopt financing mechanism to sustain malaria operation towards elimination and to maintain their malaria-free status.
Strategy 1.1. Maintain focal malaria interventions in municipalities and barangays with stable, unstable and sporadic transmission.
Strategy 1.2. Ensure continuous access to malaria diagnosis, treatment and preventive measures in zero-indigenous malaria and malaria-free provinces.
Strategy 1.3. Implement responsive malaria interventions among identified vulnerable population groups.
Strategy 1.4. Increase demand for and support to effective anti-malaria interventions and services.
Strategy 2.1. Establish functional organizational structures and malaria work force at all levels.
Strategy 2.2. Strengthen the policy environment, management systems and coordination mechanism in support of malaria elimination.
Strategy 3.1. Secure adequate government and non-government financial resources in support of malaria control and elimination.