The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.
Malaria in Namibia is endemic in 10 out of the 14 regions, with approximately two thirds of the population at risk from malaria. Between 2000 and 2012, malaria cases and deaths in Namibia declined significantly allowing the country to set a goal of national malaria elimination by 2022. Since 2014, the National Vector-borne Disease Control Programme (NVDCP) has continued to increase malaria testing rates and improve malaria surveillance, permitting a better understanding of remaining gaps in malaria diagnosis and treatment gaps, and of key drivers of continued malaria transmission in remaining hotspots. As Namibia moves towards elimination, the dynamics of malaria transmission between Namibia and Angola is also a key consideration.
CHAI has worked with the NVDCP since 2010 to catalyze improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of government-owned systems and processes for surveillance, analytics, planning, case management, and vector control at the national level. CHAI is now expanding direct, embedded support to a sub-set of high priority regions for malaria elimination.
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