What We Do
The MENTOR Initiative directly assists national and international partners working in humanitarian crises to improve the preparedness and response capacity of humanitarian organizations and national partners to establish and deliver effective malaria control interventions in ongoing humanitarian crises and in post -emergency reconstruction settings.
MENTOR has established and delivered large-scale and effective malaria and other vector borne disease control directly to the affected communities, and where possible has utilized existing health delivery systems. The unique community based l relief model developed by The MENTOR Initiative has proved highly effective in three contexts:
The ultimate goal is to reduce the malaria burden on emergency-affected populations. This is achieved through a combination of The MENTOR Initiative's three key activities: targeted capacity development, field support, and operational research.
Capacity development is implemented through the delivery of intensive training workshops on 'Rolling Back Malaria in Humanitarian Crises' for humanitarian organisations and national partners. The workshops aim to increase the capacity of humanitarian partners at both field and organisational level to implement effective malaria control programmes with affected communities through better assessment and planning, surveillance, prevention, case management and targeted operational research when required to improve field interventions in emergency situations.
Field personnel give programme-specific technical support for the assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring and problem solving of malaria aspects of partner programmes, in ways that compliment and reinforce the delivery of other emergency health interventions. They strongly advocate for the inclusion of strategies proven to have the greatest impact on malaria and malaria related disease (e.g. anaemia) through standardized and evidenced-based technical guidance.
The MENTOR Initiative conducts and supports operational research for the development of improved malaria control service delivery amongst vulnerable groups as well as full scale evaluation of innovative and context specific tools and approaches for improved malaria - and other related disease - control in emergencies.