Finalization Workshop for the National Strategic Plan for the Control and Elimination of Malaria in the Philippines (NSPCEM) 2020-2022

 By Maria Santa Portillo  May 18, 2020Central

WHO PH led the recruitment of the technical writer (Dr. Allan Schapira) for the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for the Control and Elimination of Malaria in the Philippines (NSPCEM) 2020-2022. The findings and recommendations of the Mid Term Review in 2019 has been the backbone of the NSPCEM and places the next three years 2020-2022 as critical in the elimination of malaria in last three provinces endemic with the disease. Joint review of the draft of the said document has started in 2019. Last 8 January 2020, Dr. Schapira presented the final draft of the NSPCEM among the members of the Technical Working Group. In attendance were TWG representatives from DOH-DPCB, CHD-MiMaRoPa, ACTMalaria, RITM and PSFI. The present National Strategic Plan continues to pursue the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal of ending the epidemic of malaria infection in affected countries and the APLMA and ASEAN commitments to achieving malaria elimination in the Asia-Pacific Region by 2030. The strategies elaborated in the plan take a health system strengthening approach to malaria control and elimination and are aligned with the Philippines Health Agenda (PHA) and the principles of Fourmula One Plus. The objectives and strategies are also aligned with WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria (GTS) and the WHO Western Pacific Regional Framework for malaria control and elimination. The four objectives are aligned with the five objectives of FOURmula One Plus for health and WHO strategies as follows: Objective 1. Ensuring universal access to malaria diagnosis, management and treatment services and appropriate preventive measures is differentiated based on the presence or absence of malaria transmission and according to special risk groups Objective 2. Governance and Human Resources Objective 3. Financing accelerated malaria control and elimination Objective 4. Regulation, Quality Assurance, Use of data and information and Performance Accountability

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