Malaria in Sudan
is a major public health problem.
The country is hit by an estimated
50% of all malaria cases in the World
Health Organization’s Eastern
Mediterranean Region survey with an
estimated 7.5 million cases resulting
in 35,000 deaths per year. The disease
accounts for one-fifth of all hospital
deaths. The malaria case fatality
rate for pediatric hospitals ranges
between 5% and 15%. According to the
Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS), in
October 2005 the prevalence of malaria
among children under the age of 5
years, ranged between 0.4-15.5% and
between 3.7%-10.3% for pregnant women.
In April 2005, with the support of
the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis
and Malaria (GFATM)
UNDP launched the Malaria Prevention
and Control project.
The overall goal of the project is
to reduce the malaria burden to the
extent that it is no longer a public
health problem. The target groups/beneficiaries
are children under five, women of
child-bearing age and the general
population at risk of malaria.
The specific objectives are as follows:
• Disease management including
home management, improving clinical
and laboratory diagnosis, and ensuring
availability and rational use of anti-malarial
• Establishing a malaria early
warning system (MEWS) and ensuring
rapid response to the epidemic in
order to have effective disease surveillance
and epidemic management.
• Prevention of malaria during
pregnancy IPT (Intermittent Preventive
Therapy) and relevant vector control
• Capacity building and improving
institutional work to strengthen UNDP
Sudan’s role as Principal Recipient
for the GFATM.
• UNDP will be the implementing
agency for the delivery of a new building
at the Blue Nile Research and Training
Snapshots of the project's major achievements
• Correct diagnosis and treatment
according to national guidelines provided
to 7,435,843 individuals with uncomplicated
• A total of 44,094 of patients
were admitted with severe complicated
malaria at hospitals supported by
the Global Fund and have received
correct diagnosis and treatment (Quinine
• A total of 3,123 service delivery
points were strengthened to provide
malaria diagnosis and treatment.
• A total of 91,379 of pregnant
women received intermittent preventive
therapy for malaria.
• Populations at risk of getting
malaria were provided with 943,109
long lasting impregnated nets.
• Training on sentinel site
surveillance, rapid assessment and
response to malaria epidemic provided
to 303 staff members.
• A total of 95,153 houses and
areas in south Gazira were sprayed
• A total of 2,505 of service
deliverers trained in case management