The Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services has committed to eliminating malaria by 2020. The Zambezi region in the North of the country is a particular focus areas, as it is a high risk transmission area, accounting for a third of the total number of malaria diagnoses in the country.
The Namibia Malaria Elimination Research Partnership (NAMEP) in Zambezi includes two phases: to understand malaria transmission and build capacity for surveillance and response; and to test innovative response strategies to eliminate malaria. While Namibia has made significant progress in reducing malaria, reaching the stage of pre-elimination, it is now important to identify and treat malaria both in people with symptoms of malaria and in their asymptomatic contact persons. This strategy towards elimination is called targeted parasite elimination (TPE).
Our TPE partners include the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Namibia, the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme at the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. We worked with our partners to define the optimal strategy to interrupt malaria transmission, while building evidence on how TPE works and strengthening health surveillance and response capabilities.
Now that the Malaria TPE Strategy has gathered evidence, and the results are being analyzed to help inform Namibia’s approach to eliminating malaria.