Working Group Chairs
- Marcy Erskine, IFRC (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Melanie Caruso, IFRC (email@example.com)
- Joe Lewinsky, PSI (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Hunter Harig, JHU (email@example.com)
- Andrea Brown, JHU (Andrea.Brown@jhu.edu)
In the last years, over 30 countries have participated in AMP-organized workshops aimed at strengthening the skills of NMCP and partner organization staff in planning, logistics, behavior change communication and monitoring and evaluation, with a focus on net campaigns and continuous distribution (CD). The ITN trainings provide a solid foundation for planning and executing mass and continuous ITN distribution campaigns. The trainings are designed as a training-of-trainers to ensure that knowledge is brought back and transferred in the respective countries during the campaign planning and implementation period.
VectorWorks, a United States President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) – funded global malaria project, in collaboration with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership to End Malaria (RBM), supported two regional AMP trainings on the planning and implementation of mass and continuous ITN distribution in Nairobi, Kenya. AMP organized and facilitated the two trainings.
The training sessions brought together key malaria prevention players, targeting the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and implementing partner personnel—as well as funders and partners—to review guidance and undertake practical exercises related to both campaigns and continuous ITN distribution. A key focus of the training sessions was to share lessons learned across country programs for both mass and CD systems.
The training in English, from November 5–8, 2018, included 28 participants from Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zanzibar.
The training in French, from November 13–16, 2018, included 33 participants from 10 countries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Republic of Congo, and Senegal.
Workshop goals are as follows:
- To foster exchanges of country experiences in mass and continuous distribution
- To create a network of malaria prevention implementers
- To strengthen NMCPs capacity to better coordinate and manage distributions and donors
- To address country-specific ITN issues (e.g., quantification, use, monitoring, reporting)
- To explore management and leadership techniques to support NMCPs and implementing partners
The AMP trainings highlighted successful country experiences and packaged them for replication, to ensure the lessons are used for future campaigns. The majority of the session time was designed for interactive, hands-on ways of contextualizing these best practices for all countries. AMP used the revised AMP Toolkit and the Continuous Distribution Toolkit as guides to the content in the technical sessions. Using the toolkits as a road map for the trainings provided structure to the technical sessions but also helped orient the NMCP and implementing partners on the content and resources available in both of these toolkits as the material in the toolkits provide guidance to NMCPs without the need for outside technical assistance. An overarching focus of these trainings was operational effectiveness and ways to better coordinate and lead effective malaria control interventions through improved leadership and management skills.
Working Group Update
Click on the link below to access the AMP 2018 training reports
AMP 2018 training report