Fighting malaria in Bafata, Bolama, Gabu and Tombali

May 14, 2022

Photo: UNDP, 2022

In Guinea-Bissau, malaria is an endemic disease with stable transmission and high prevalence, which nearly doubles during and just after the rainy season from June to November. The microplan is the first stage for the preparation of the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention campaign, which is carried out in the regions where the campaign will be implemented. During this stage, the population, human and material resources existing in each region are updated.

Through the microplan, the amount of anti-malaria SMC drugs, materials, means of transport, fuel, which will be required for that campaign, are estimated. Also during the microplanning stage, the cost of the campaign is calculated by structure and region at national level. Since 2016, Guinea-Bissau has been implementing the Seasonal Malaria Chimio Prevention strategy developed by the World Health Organisation for children under 5 years old in the regions with the highest malaria caseload, by administering the anti-malaria SMC drugs for 3 days per month for 4 months during the rainy season. A total of over 120,000 children will be reached in these 4 regions starting the 1st week of August and will benefit from the 3 doses of antimalarial drugs per month, for the 4 months of the rainy season, to protect them from malaria.