Why is malaria an important focus for HAI?
Malaria continues to be a pressing global health issue – it claimed 584,000 lives around the world in 2013. Africa shares the largest burden of malaria in the world.
What are we doing to address malaria?
Under such background, HAI’s malaria program in Sofala, Mozambique aims to strengthen the capacity of malaria health information system in the country by improving the quality of information on malaria diagnoses and the dispensing of antimalarial drugs. These data on malaria diagnoses and antimalarial drug dispensing are collected through a new reporting system specific to malaria that HAI and Ministry partners developed and maintain. As an example, the number of confirmed malaria diagnoses should match the number of antimalarial drugs dispensed at each clinic. If there is a large discrepancy between the two numbers, we can conclude that the quality of data is poor. Based on the preliminary results of data quality audit and feedback mechanisms, we have found that the quality of data in health facilities is concerning and that measures need to be taken to improve the quality of data collected in, and managed by, health facilities.
HAI has also provided technical expertise to analyze factors that may contribute to discrepancies in reporting mechanisms. Results from these audit, feedback, and data analysis activities will help HAI, along with Ministry partners, target system improvement interventions to improve the collection, management, and use of malaria data in Mozambique.