TKMI Initiative (Trans-Kunene Malaria Initiative)
The goal of this initiative is to promote and implement a technical cooperation on the control of malaria among the Trans Kunene border regions creating an effective mechanism for malaria control and to achieve malaria elimination, beginning in northern Namibia, and eventually in southern Angola.
The Trans Kunene Malaria Initiative (TKMI) recognizes that elimination cannot be achieved with bed nets alone and requires a continuum of interventions that extend cross-border:
- To achieve elimination this program targets remote border communities in Angola/ Namibia with comprehensive interventions and invests in harmonizing services and policies between both governments.
- Cutting edge technology such as RDTs and mapping by cell phone is employed in an effort to better target scarce resources.
- The Initiative trains Malaria Control Volunteers to deliver bed nets, participate in active surveillance, and provide Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) education to communities.
Starting in 2011, 20 square kilometres on both sides of the border were targeted via community-based malaria interventions including LLIN distribution; community education; training for Church leaders, malaria control volunteers and research assistants. Data were collected on a regular basis to evaluate the impact of the cross border program.
Both governments agreed to the following:
- harmonization of activities such as distribution of LLINs, IRS campaigns and larviciding;
- removal of custom duties for malaria commodities i.e. LLITNs, IRS chemicals;
- information sharing;
- car identification for malaria workers to easily cross the TKMI borders;
- identity cards for the malaria workers