New equipment to boost Vanuatu Health Ministry's malaria data collection capacity

The Ministry of Health in Vanuatu has received 16 laptops and 20 desktop computers to upgrade the malaria District Health Information system.

The Ensure 81% Coverage of Long-Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets Programme, which is funded by UNDP-Global Fund Western Pacific HIV, TB and Malaria Programmes donated the resources.

The donation is part of ongoing support to the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme to strengthen surveillance and effectively control malaria in four provinces and strive for elimination in two provinces.

A total of 36 national and provincial staff received the resources for data entry of line lists of malaria cases in the tracker module at health facilities.

This will help provide the information needed by the surveillance system to identify and locate patients so that investigations can be undertaken, and if necessary, proper responses carried out.

The national database will also aid in decision-making and designing strategies for malaria control and elimination in Vanuatu.

The donation was made Thursday to mark the World Malaria Day 2019.


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Tensly Sumbe