Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation: Malaria


To be able to measure changes in malaria morbidity and mortality and related milestones set by the World Health Assembly, Abuja Declaration and Plan of Action, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership and the United Nations Millennium Declaration, countries should have strong Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation (SME) systems.

In this regard, the SME group is charged with strengthening capacity for malaria surveillance, monitoring and evaluation at regional inter-country support teams (ISTs) and National Malaria Control Programmes through:

  • the development/update of guidelines and tools for surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of Malaria Control in the African Region;
  • the support to countries to develop comprehensive SME Plans in line with the three ones (one coordinating authority, one strategic plan and one SME plan);
  • the support to countries to develop and maintain databases and train SME staff in database management and mapping;
  • the development and maintenance of a regional composite database on malaria control intervention
  • the production of malaria country profiles, periodic regional reports/bulletins on malaria surveillance, coverage and impact interventions and contribution to the production of the World Malaria report.

Key achievements include:

  • Training of nearly 1000 NMCP and Ministry of Health staff in the malaria data management and conduct of relevant surveys.
  • Publication of the Africa Malaria Country Profiles 2003, the Abuja Progress Report 2004 and the Africa Malaria Report 2006.
  • Contributions to the production of Africa Malaria Report 2003, the World Malaria Report 2005 and 2008; several adhoc regional reports on the malaria situation in AFRO countries.
  • Development of costed SME plans that have enabled countries leverage substantial  funding from the funding initiatives such as the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the World Bank Booster Programme and the President’s Malaria Initiative etc.