(2012; 3 pages)
Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems. 2012. Status of the Supervision of Malaria Diagnostic and Treatment Posts in Countries of the Amazon Basin. SPS Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.
Since 2002, the Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI) has provided support to a wide range of interventions designed to control malaria in countries of the Amazon basin. In about 2007, the need was seen for information to indicate whether these interventions were generating the expected effect on the performance of malaria diagnostic and treatment posts.
Toward this end, two AMI partners1 supported the development of an instrument to be used for the integrated supervision of these malaria diagnostic and treatment posts. The technical assistance provided included preparation of supervision guidelines and procedures for collecting, processing, and analyzing the data generated. The original purpose of the proposed system was not only to resolve operating problems affecting these posts at the time supervision was being conducted, but also to generate information informing decision making at the intermediate (departmental or provincial) and central levels.
Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, and Guyana began implementing systems of this type in approximately 2009. Consultants from the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, directed by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), provided technical assistance to these countries for development of guidelines and procedures, training of supervisors, and processing and analysis of the information generated during the initial rounds of supervision.
In 2011, AMI decided to evaluate the supervision system that had been implemented in each of the four countries.