National Malaria Control Programme

Indoor Residual Spraying

Malaria Control Programme

As malaria is a major public health problem in Timor-Leste, the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) has currently increased their activities to control the diseases. With support from Global Funds round 7, the NMCP implemented its national strategy, which focused on:

- Provide early diagnosis and prompt treatment of malaria
- Distributing Long Lasting Insecticide treated Nets (LLIN) to high risk group
- Providing integrated Vector Control
- Establishing epidemic preparedness and Response

A total of 195,000 LLINs were procured by the NMCP using Global Funds round 7 malaria grant, and about 98,000 LLINs (50%) were distributed from June to September 2010 by the Ministry of Health with collaboration of Community Health Volunteers and community leaders. It is planned that to distribute more that 80% before the end of this year.

For vector control, Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) was launched at the end of September 2010, it is planned to carry out IRS in 14,000 houses by the end of this year. As priority IRS was carried out first in a flood affected area in Dili district. An entomological surveillance survey was also carried out to evaluate the impact of LLIN and IRS.

Using the Global Funds grant, starting late last year 75 temporary officers and drivers were recruited to strengthen the malaria control activities at national and district level. This included 5 regional malaria officers, 13 district malaria officers, 27 sub-district malaria officers (high risk malaria areas), 2 vector control assistants , entomology team (2 entomology assistants and 6 insect collectors), 3 analysts for quality control of malaria microscopy, 5 drivers at national and 13 drivers in 13 districts.

WHO TIP (malaria) provided technical assistance to carry out entomological surveillance, to manage (planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation) of the distribution of LLINs and the IRS. The TIP was also very instrumental in training the 75 temporary officers.