Malaria Program Conducts Its Mid-Term Program Review 2019
For the past 18 years, there is a noticeable decline in number of malaria cases in the Philippines. Data for the past 8 years shows that there has been a steady decrease in number of malaria cases and deaths nationwide. There was a 74.65% decrease in cases from 2010 to 2018. However the challengers still exists, 4 provinces still reports malaria cases with Palawan contributing about 96.88 % of the total number of cases in the whole country. The Department of Health - National Malaria Control and Elimination Program (DOH-NMCEP), the LGU of Palawan, Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners have joint efforts to address the problem. Different strategies have been implemented for the past few years. Currently the Philippines receives about 10.6 mil USD for malaria control and elimination from the Global Fund for the years 2018-2020. The national program has expressed their willingness to submit another funding request to Global Fund (GF) for the years 2021-2023. The proposal will be submitted to GF in March 2020. The new proposal will focus mainly on the malaria situation in Palawan especially in 5 high endemic municipalities and prevention of reintroduction. Further, the current strategy for malaria control and elimination is valid for 2017-2022 and it needs to be updated to be align with next GF funding cycle. Thus, the national malaria program has conducted a Mid-term Review (MTR) for 2019. The review of a malaria program helps countries to assess strategies and activities with a view of strengthening the program and the systems used to deliver interventions. It also allows identification of what is working and what is not and of solutions to challenges or barriers to program implementation. This will facilitate planning and resource mobilization for further scaling-up of malaria control services at country level. Program performance is reviewed to identify achievements in outcomes and impacts, best practices and lessons learnt, critical issues, problems and the causes of the problems. This ran from September to December 2019 and consisted of Internal Desk Review, Joint Program Field Visit and External Team Review. The inter-agency team consisted of the DPCB-DOH, PSFI, WHO-PH, RITM, Palawan PHO and LGU Rizal. External consultants also participated - Dr. Allan Schapira and Dr. Indra Vythilingam.