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URC-Assisted Regions in Ghana Reduce Inpatient Malaria Deaths by One-Third
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The USAID Systems for Health project’s malaria programming focuses on prevention and treatment in support of the National Malaria Control Program’s goal of reducing malaria morbidity and mortality by 75 percent between 2012 and 2020.
This 2017 year in review document explains how the project is progressing towards its prevention and treatment goals.
For example, in the Western region of Ghana, Systems for Health worked with four hospitals with the highest under-five malaria case fatality rates. Hospital teams spent three months testing their ideas to address this issue, which included:
- Setting up a triage system for critically ill under-five clients;
- Periodically reviewing under-five deaths to identify causes/processes of care associated with the deaths; and
- Using rapid diagnostic tests at the outpatient department, casualty ward, emergency ward.
These practices, tested over three months, yielded significant results. In 2016, the under-five malaria case fatality rate at the four participating hospitals was 0.85. In 2017, that dropped to 0.59, a by 30 percent decrease.