ALMA (African Leaders Malaria Alliance)
High Level Advocacy for Malaria Control and Elimination in Tanzania
Ninety percent of Tanzania’s 54 million people are at risk of malaria. Though the country’s malaria rates have declined, some still lack access to the means to protect themselves from the disease and get prompt treatment. Under the leadership of African Heads of State, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) support countries to keep malaria high on the political agenda and facilitate advocacy efforts to secure domestic funding to end the disease.
This project aimed to empower decision makers in Tanzania, from local health officials right the way up to government ministers, to access and utilise better data. ALMA has developed a successful approach using data scorecards, which can be used to implement and track the success of malaria programme or policy changes, inform resource allocation, and mobilise additional resources for malaria.
The project saw ALMA roll out the scorecard model in the four highest burden regions of the country, train parliamentarians on the use of the scorecard, and develop a mobile-friendly app so that decision makers in the health sector can more easily access the scorecard tool. ALMA supported the National Malaria Control Programme to hold several workshops with key national stakeholders from the Ministry of Health and other district stakeholders, to deliver training on the scorecard process and use of the management tools.
ALMA also aimed to build political leadership for the fight against malaria by organising high-level advocacy events and engagements. Working with political leaders across the Southern African Development Community (SADC), including the Minister of Health of Tanzania, ALMA seized opportunities such as SADC Malaria Day to build cross-border support for continued prioritisation of malaria and use of the data scorecard tool.