The SPEED project is key in providing empirical evidence to decisions makers to advance UHC in Uganda. This is done not only by engaging specific policy makers and Ministries but also through publications. The project has supported teams to write publications in line with SPEED’s objectives and as an advocacy plan.
Malaria elimination using Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) has for long been advocated for by the SPEED project as one of the ways to kick Malaria out of Uganda. This has been done through various stakeholders meetings, writing new paper articles and collaborating with partners in the fight against malaria.
With support from SPEED project, Tugume et al., published a paper titled “Effects and factors associated with indoor residual spraying with Actellic 300 CS on malaria morbidity in Lira District, Northern Uganda”
Using a mixed methods design, the team reviewed malaria morbidity records from four health facilities, focusing on 6 months before and after the IRS intervention. The study revealed that the proportion of outpatient attendance due to malaria dropped from 18.7% before spraying to 15.1% after IRS. The proportion of outpatient attendance due to confirmed malaria also dropped from 5.1% before spraying to 4.0% after the IRS intervention. There was a decreasing trend in malaria test positivity rate (TPR) for every unit increase in month after spraying among other key results.
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