Ten Provinces cast for Malaria-Free Assessment in 2019
The Department of Health (DOH) gives recognition to provinces with zero local transmission for five consecutive years by declaring these provinces malaria free. Each candidate province is assess based on a criteria for malaria free-declaration. The subnational strategy for malaria elimination have been in practice since 1995 and turned into policy in 2011 with the Administrative Order No. 2011-0019. In 2019, there were 10 provinces line up for malaria-free assessment. The evaluation team composed of Dr Raffy Deray, Dr Antonio Baustista, Norma Joson and staff, and Regional Representatives assessed the different provinces. The evaluation team have evaluated each province based on 1) absence of confirmed indigenous malaria cases in the last five years, 2) presence of a functional elimination hub, 3) presence of a functional provincial surveillance system, 4) presence of a functional system for diagnosis and treatment of malaria, 5) compilation of all malaria reports in the past 10 years, 6) comprehensive report on the last occurring indigenous malaria cases and all imported cases in the province in the past 5 years, 7) functional entomological surveillance, 8) functional quality assurance system for malaria microscopy, 9) quality assurance system for vector control, 10) local issuance or ordinance on elimination hub requirements, and 11) annual operation plan for health (AOPH) or a provincial investment plan for health (PIPH) to support provincial malaria activities and operations. The evaluation team have visited the following provinces: 1. ANTIQUE - April 30 to May 3, 2019 2. AGUSAN DEL NORTE to May 14-17, 2019 3. ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY - June 18 to 21, 2019 4. NEGROS ORIENTAL - July 23-26, 2019 5. ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE - August 6-9, 2019 6. TARLAC - November 4-7, 2019 7. DAVAO DEL SUR - November 12-14, 2019 8. SARANGANI - November 19-21, 2019 9. LAGUNA - November 19-21, 2019 10. QUEZON - November 27-29, 2019 All ten provinces have been recommended by the evaluation team to the Technical Working Group (TWG) of malaria for their final assessment.