Futures Group

Program Areas

 

Malaria

Futures Group is helping to address this urgent public health threat. Our projects support country and community-level advocacy aimed at giving voice to those affected by malaria, and equipping decision- and policymakers with critical data and information. In addition to our work in developing new policies and guidelines, and training providers on new protocols, we also cultivate innovative partnerships with the private sector to support malaria prevention, including the development of local capacity for distributing insecticide-treated bednets and building demand for products and services.

Futures Group’s malaria portfolio focuses on developing malaria policies and guidelines, training providers in diagnosis and case management, and distributing nets and insecticide. For example, in Kenya, USAID | Health Policy Initiative (HPI), Task Order 1, supported the United Civil Society Coalition for AIDS, TB, and Malaria. We facilitated four steering committee meetings to discuss emerging policy issues related to access to TB, malaria, and AIDS treatment. In Peru, HPI-TO1 advanced the Ministry of Health’s National Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Metaxenic Diseases by formulating a national policy based on regional experience with high malaria rates. We also assisted three regions in developing multisectoral plans to fight malaria, evaluated existing plans, as well as supported several study tours to specific micro-networks that have been successful in eradicating malaria.

Similarly, for the ENHANSE project in Nigeria, Futures Group developed a number of malaria-related policies and guidelines, such as the National Anti-Malarial Treatment Policy and the National Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for Malaria in Nigeria. We also developed the now-adopted Nigerian national malaria treatment guidelines for pregnancy.

Through the sister project to ENHANSE—the Community Participation for Action in the Social Sector (COMPASS)—we trained Nigerian public and private sector providers in diagnosis and appropriate malaria case management according to established protocols based on policies and guidelines.

For the DFID-sponsored Nigeria Malaria Insecticide-Treated Nets Project, we managed supply chain components, including building and supporting procurement, shipping, local manufacture, and distribution of nets and insecticide, and related monitoring, tracking, and information systems. Additionally, short-term financing for new bednet providers was provided through donor funding. We are currently marketing bednets under the USAID-funded Communications for Behavior Change: Expanding Access to Private Sector Health Products and Services in Afghanistan (COMPRI-A) Project, and working to establish a locally-owned and managed social marketing organization that will continue to support a private sector network of product promoters and distributors.