Funded by USAID through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), VectorWorks Ghana is a five-year malaria prevention project with the goal of supporting Ghana to achieve and maintain a high level of coverage and use of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITNs). The VectorWorks Ghana Project works with the Ghana Health Service(GHS)/National Malaria Control Program, Ghana Education Service(GES)/Schools Health Program and other stakeholders to increase access to and availability of ITNs and promote use and care of the nets.
VectorWorks focuses on increasing the intensity and effectiveness of the adoption of continuous distribution (CD) channels for ITNs; antenatal care (ANC; targeting pregnant women at their first ANC visit), child welfare clinics (targeting children receiving their measles 2 vaccinations through the Expanded Program on Immunization), and primary schools (targeting children in primary classes 2 and 6).
Through the health facility-based CD program, VectorWorks has been contributing to improving the capacity of health workers to continually distribute ITNs to pregnant women and caregivers of children 18-30 months and effectively document their actions. So far, 1,358 health managers at regional and district health management team levels have been trained, in addition to 16,981 health workers from 9 out of the 10 regions of the country in appropriate CD practices. The project is also promoting regular and effective monitoring of health facility-based ITN distributions by the national, regional and district monitoring teams that it supported the Ghana Health Service to put in place. The third in the series of primary schools-based ITN distributions in Ghana has also been undertaken in the Volta, Eastern, Central, Western, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions in 2016. Over 16,000 public and private primary schools were covered and 936,357 primary class 2 and 6 children received ITNs. Over 7,800 GES officials, including teachers, have also been trained in CD and the implementation of an ITN use and care social and behavior change communication (SBCC) program in primary schools.
VectorWorks will sustain its capacity building and monitoring activities with the GHS, undertake primary schools distribution of ITNs in 9 regions and promote SBCC activities for effective ITN use and care at the health facility level and through primary schools.