UNITAID

ACCESS SMC

Malaria Consortium

Catholic Relief Service

Update on SMC programs in Guinea, Mali, Niger and The Gambia

Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) activities for districts covered by the ACCESS-SMC project in Guinea, Mali, Niger and The Gambia during the 2015 and 2016 campaign are operating under Global Fund funding this year. An additional district in Niger, the Ouallam district, is receiving SMC, increasing the country’s target under ACCESS-SMC from 1.11 million to 1.32 million children.

With support from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) over 3.7 million children in total are to receive SMC, which will protect them from malaria during the rainy season, during the 2017 campaign. The Gambia only recently completed its first cycle so data is not yet available. Guinea reached 100 percent of its final target in the first cycle and data from the second cycle shows 95 percent of the children were administered SMC (559,000 children). In Niger, 97 percent of their target was reached with 1.31 million children treated in all 13 districts, and Mali treated 98.5 percent of their target.

To eliminate malaria from these countries governments and development partners must continue to increase the number of children treated with SMC. By sustaining the high coverage achieved in all four countries during the ACCESS-SMC project’s 2016 campaign CRS is continuing to make major strides in the fight against malaria.

Countries

Number of districts/regions

Target

Target reached 1st cycle

Guinea

10

591,071

591,084

Mali

25

1,695,000

1,670,263

Niger

13

1,323,900

1,318,819

The Gambia

2

91,000

data not available