The Global Fund NFM (New Funding Model) Malaria Grant stresses on Institutional strengthening through capacity building of national, provincial and district level malaria staff.
Following need based training’sand skills improvement activities have been planned during the course of grant implementation.
1.Training of selected master trainers from the provincial malaria control programs, implementing partners (SRs) in Malaria Case Management as per WHO recommendations and national policies.
2.Training of district and facility level care providers in management of uncomplicated and severe malaria as per national guidelines.
3.Improving skills of staff working in Provincial Reference Laboratories (PRLs) in quality assurance of malaria diagnosis.
4.Training of district and facility level staff in malaria microscopy and use of RDTs.
5.Training on detection of G6PD deficiency for health care staff of public health facility in those districts where services are being provided.
6.Training of provincial and district level programs and SRs staff in malaria information system tools and M&E.
7.Refresher training’s in previously target districts for newly appointed staff.
8.Training of the provincial and district level staff in early outbreak detection, preparedness and response.
These training’s will improve the capacity of Malaria staff to co-ordinate, plan, implement and monitor effective curative & preventive interventions nationwide. PMU has continuously been working on this objective and has been able to add land mark achievements in this regard.
Malaria Information System
M&E unit of PMU, in consultation with national and international experts has developed a robust information system which is not only catering to the reporting requirements of GFATM grant but also facilitating Directorate of Malaria Control to collect authentic morbidity data on regular (monthly) basis. The DOMC staff had been an active part of information system development, training curriculum development, training of master trainers at federal, provincial and district level.
Microscopy is considered to be the gold standard in diagnosis of malaria. More than 300 microscopy centers have been strengthened and made functional in 38 districts of the country with project support.
Strengthening of National Institute of Malaria Research and Training (NIMRT) Lahore
NIMRT has been strengthened with the project support, through provision of infrastructure and development of a pool of master trainers at National level. Various training’s of master trainers have been conducted and these master trainers are available for replication of training at provincial, district level and facility level.
Rapid Diagnostic Test kit (RDT) for malaria diagnosis
Keeping in view the resource constraints superimposed by the accessibility problems, Malaria Control programme has introduced RDTs as gap time intervention, as recommended by World Health Organisation (WHO). Training module in this regards has been developed by PMU with the support of malaria experts of programme. Training’s have been replicated to the grass root level and programme experts had been active part of it.
Malaria Case Management
A national protocol has been developed for malaria case management to achieve the uniformity in case management practices. Malaria Control Programme has been facilitated in the development of national protocol. Case Management training has been developed by PMU with the support/ involvement of Malaria experts of the programme. The training in this regards have been conducted following a uniform process adopted for all training i.e. development of master trainers pool at national level followed by a pool of trainers at provincial level and district level. The mechanism of trainer pool development not only ensures the quality replication of training but also contributes to capacity building of DOMC personnel.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Project Management Unit of NFM Malaria Grant has developed and implemented a structured M&E system. The monitoring officers of DOMC at federal, provincial and district level are also involved in the monitoring process after training’s. The regular monitoring is continuously enhancing the capacity of DOMC officers.
Procurement & Supply Management (PSM)
PSM unit has procured the project inputs both internationally (with the help of a supply organisation) and nationally following the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules, the former being for health items and latter for non-health items. DOMC officers are regular members of procurement process. This has greatly enhanced the relevant capacity of the staff.
Monitoring Evaluation System Strengthening Tool (MESST) Workshop
This workshop has been conducted by the facilitation of National Consultants during the development of M&E plan for the Malaria grant. There had been wide participation of the DOMC staff in the workshop enhancing the analytical skills of the staff.
International / national workshops and seminars
DOMC staff is regularly been facilitated/ supported to attend the national/ international training workshops and seminars, contributing in updating the programme knowledge and capacity building of the DOMC staff.