Despite its preventable nature, Malaria is a high-priority public health issue that remains a leading cause of illness and death in Somalia.

Women and children below five years of age are especially vulnerable and need targeted interventions to improve prevention and recovery outcomes.

HIRDA works collaboratively to develop programmes aiming to address the barriers and challenges to effective Malaria prevention and treatment in communities in Somalia's south-central zone (SCZ). The many barriers affecting villages across the region include limited access to health posts, lack of medication availability, a low number of healthcare  professionals  with  microbiology  training,  and  limited training opportunities.

HIRDA’s Malaria Intervention Areas:
  1. Vector and larval control, including distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS).
  2. Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) to prevent and treat malaria infections in vulnerable populations, particularly women and children under 5 years of age.
  3. Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) to confirm diagnosis for every suspected Malaria case and increase timely
  4. Behaviour change communications activities aimed at increasing community awareness and capacity-building through training, workshops, and home visits conducted by community Examples include World Malaria Day and malaria field day campaigns.

Project Name(s): Strengthening Malaria Control and Health Systems (Gedo Region and Lower Juba)

Locations: Belethawa, Dolo, Luq, Elwak, Gabahrey, Burdubo, Bardere, Kismayo