WHAT WE DO
In 2013, CRS implemented a $28 million portfolio of malaria programs worldwide and reached more than 13 million direct beneficiaries in 10 countries. This does not include programs that incorporated malaria-related interventions as part of larger health programs.
Our malaria programs are mainly for children under five and pregnant women, as these groups are among the most vulnerable. To address malaria at the household, community and facility levels, our programs support prevention, community and facility case management, procurement and availability of high-quality medicines, and advocacy at the national, regional and international levels.
CRS receives funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, serving as principal recipient for malaria programs in Benin, Guinea and Niger, and as a co-principal recipient with the Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone and The Gambia. In all grants, CRS works in close collaboration with each country’s national malaria control program to achieve a nationwide impact.
HOW WE DO IT
Prevention: CRS promotes the use of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs), indoor residual spraying, prevention techniques for pregnant women and preventive medicines to children under five in Africa’s Sahel region.
Testing, diagnosis and treatment: CRS works with community-based organizations to diagnose and treat malaria, emphasizing treating children under five and pregnant women with confirmed cases. We also help local governments roll out and scale-up community-based testing prior to treatment. CRS works closely with in-country partners and regulatory agencies to procure and distribute medicines, laboratory supplies and equipment.
Community outreach: CRS has conducted extensive education at the household and community levels through a variety of channels, such as festivals, local radio and television programs, and face-to-face counseling. We have supported more than 1,200 radio shows on malaria prevention in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone, and conduct similar activities in Angola, Benin, Cambodia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. We also work with traditional and religious leaders to make sure malaria prevention techniques are communicated to the community.