The MENTOR Initiative’s Response
The MENTOR team is currently performing a needs assessment with partners to address the needs of the displaced and host communities in the North of the country. There is continued and escalating displacement and a need to strengthen coordinated malaria control responses and implementation of best practice in amongst all partners in these emergency contexts.
The MENTOR Initiative has completed a study in coordination with UNHCR to assess the burden and risk of malaria and its common complication anaemia amongst the refugee and host communities supported by UNHCR in both Basate’en and Kharaz Camps. An assessment of health services and community capacity to handle malaria control activities was undertaken and a clear plan of action to ensure effective malaria prevention established for all refugees and that all refugees have access to effective diagnosis and treatment for malaria. Further studies on the impact of P. Vivax burden amongst the population and the impact of LLIN prevention have been suggested for further investigation in the coming year.