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Malaria: Success Against A Persistent Disease

Drawing blood to test for malaria

A nurse in a community setting takes a blood sample from a child to determine if the child has anemia (as malaria is a leading cause of anemia) using a HemoCue photometer. Photo by Suzanne Van Hulle/CRS

To date, Catholic Relief Services has been awarded more than $130 million through 41 grants in 26 countries across seven of the eight Global Fund regions, including both Principal Recipient (PR) and Sub Recipient (SR) grants. According to the disease area, 23 of these grants were for HIV, 14 were for malaria, 3 were for TB, and one was for HSS. CRS is currently managing 17 grants, including six as Principal Recipient, in 14 countries with a total program value of approximately $88 million.

The main objectives of CRS' current Principal Recipient grants in malaria are:

  • Benin: community-level distribution of malaria medications
  • The Gambia: distribution of mosquito nets and malaria BCC
  • Guinea: distribution of mosquito nets (currently in the process of adding additional components)
  • Niger: case management of malaria and prevention through distribution of mosquito nets and BCC
  • Sierra Leone: IEC/BCC and national-level malaria surveys (currently preparing for Phase II)

In Fiscal Year 2013, CRS managed malaria projects in seven countries across Sahel and Coastal West Africa.

Table 1: Overview of CRS' FY13 malaria programs in West Africa


Time frame

Total Budget (USD)*


Overview of activities


2008 - 2013


Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and malaria (GF)

Community-level distribution of malaria medicines&behavior change communication (BCC)

2012 - 2016



Operations research on introducing diagnostic tests a community level




USAID via NetWorks

Demand, use, and promotion of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs)


2012 - 2016



Universal distribution of LLINs, BCC and mass media


2008 - 2013



Universal distribution of LLINs, BCC and mass media


2011 - 2016


USAID via Child Fund

Integrated community case management of malaria

Sierra Leone

2011 - 2016



Nationwide malaria surveys, BCC mass media, strengthening logistics information systems

The Gambia

2010 - 2015



Universal distribution of LLINs, BCC and mass media

*Amounts are subject to change depending on performance.

CRS managed GF grants listed above as a Principal Recipient in Benin, Niger, and as a co-PR with the Ministry of Health in Guinea, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. In all grants, CRS works in close collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to achieve a nationwide impact.

Key Achievements

  • In Sierra Leone, CRS and partners led a Malaria Indicator Survey inclusive of blood testing to determine prevalence of anemia and malaria using iPhones reaching 6,720 households.
  • In Benin, the project developed a health information system for community-level treatment data which was integrated into the national Health Management Information System.
  • In Guinea, CRS distributed more than 3.2 million long-lasting insecticidal nets in 19 out of the country's 33 prefectures for universal coverage.

Looking Ahead

In Fiscal Year 2014, CRS will continue to support national malaria control strategies and policies. In Benin, Guinea and Niger, in addition to prevention activities, CRS will manage diagnostic and treatment activities funded by the GF on behalf of the NMCPs. CRS is also in discussion with the private sector and public-private partnerships to support selected NMCPs in West Africa with additional vector control activities.

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