Project Example

National Malaria Control Communication Strategy 2008-2010, Equatorial Guinea

The National Malaria Control Program of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Equatorial Guinea is implementing an ambitious, comprehensive strategy with the goal of drastically reducing the transmission of malaria throughout the country. The program components include semi-annual indoor residual spraying (IRS), distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs), diagnosis and treatment of cases with artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women (IPT), behavior change communications (BCC), and a rigorous monitoring and evaluation system that includes vector surveillance, strengthening of the national health information system, and annual parasitemia surveys.

The BCC component of the program seeks to support all malaria intervention areas by promoting key desired behaviors: increased early care-seeking and adherence to correct treatment, increased use of IPT, increased household acceptance of IRS, and increased consistent use of LLINs. In order to achieve the program’s behavioral objectives, a comprehensive communication strategy that harmonizes messages and employs multiple communication channels was developed through a consultative workshop with the participation of key members of its partners in malaria control.

Source: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019