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DRC trains health workers in malaria surveillance at the operational, intermediate, and central levels in Kinshasa

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) with the financial and technical support of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) has organized a second training in malaria surveillance which started on Wednesday, June 15 and will end on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

The training’s objective is to strengthen the capacities of the agents of the targeted Health Zones in the epidemiological surveillance of malaria and specifically in the correct filling of the different malaria surveillance tools, the analysis of malaria data, conducting of investigations on malaria outbreaks and field supervision.

Experts from the DRC National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and the National Health Information System Directorate (NHISD), in charge of the program, divisions, and sections, are facilitating the training of the agents in their structures. A total of 22 participants are being trained with more than half being female (54%).

Participants were introduced to the 3rd edition of the International Mouse Strain Resource (IMSR) guide, trained on Malaria Surveillance in DRC, the use of District Health Information Systems (DHIS 2) and the NMCP Dashboard, analysis of routine and weekly surveillance data, sentinel surveillance and supervision and investigation and entomological surveillance. 

The DRC is one of the countries most affected by malaria. Malaria causes approximately 30% of the deaths of children under the age of 5 each year, estimated at between 150,000 and 250,000. Since the beginning of 2022, the DRC has been among the first countries to implement a new funding model by the Global Fund (to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria). Pillar 3 of the Global Malaria Technical Strategy 2016-2030 is to make malaria surveillance a core intervention in all malaria-endemic countries and in countries that have eliminated malaria but where the intervention could be resumed. Surveillance is the basis for operational activities at all levels of transmission. 

Based on one of the functions of surveillance, which is data analysis and interpretation, the Kinshasa Provincial Health Division has identified, after analysis of the first quarter of 2022 surveillance data, Health Zones with low completeness and/or with a malaria case fatality of more than 1%.