Scaling up for universal coverage and impact
In collaboration with the National Malaria Control Programme, the Scaling Up for Universal Coverage and Impact project aims to:
- reduce malaria morbidity and mortality by 80 percent and malaria parasite prevalence by 50 percent by 2020, compared to 2013 levels
- protect 85 percent of the population through recommended malaria prevention methods — such as long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) — by end of project
- ensure that at least 90 percent of all malaria cases are diagnosed and treated according to national guidelines by end of project
- ensure 80 percent of health facilities routinely report on core malaria indicators by end of project
- help put malaria emergency preparedness and control response measures in place in all communities affected by conflict, natural disaster or epidemics.
Malaria infected more than 1.3 million people in South Sudan in 2017 and accounted for 65 percent of all illnesses reported in health facilities. That same year, the disease killed 220 people weekly in the country, most of them children under five.
For over 35 years, armed conflict has worsened public health issues in South Sudan. Insecurity and hyperinflation continue to complicate health service delivery, resulting in limited access to basic malaria diagnostic, treatment and vector control interventions across the country. This places the entire population at high risk of contracting the disease.