Contribution to Healthcare Professional Training for Malaria

Partnership objective

Give personnel from Public Health Ministries and/or NMCPs the opportunity to become trainers for health professionals (physicians, pediatricians, nurses), responsible for passing down malaria knowledge in the field.

At the end of December 2013, more than 300 health professionals had been trained thanks to this program. At the end of December 2013, more than 300 health professionals had been trained thanks to this program. Copyright François Mireux

What are the health needs and challenges?

Malaria killed more than 627,000 people in 2012, mainly in Africa. It is the third leading cause of mortality among African children and affects the ability of adults to work and children to go to school. And drugs alone are not enough to fight this disease. Training of healthcare professionals is essential to raise awareness and develop prevention involving doctors, field nurses and community health workers in local initiatives.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

With its malaria initiative, Sanofi-Access to Medicines has been committed since 2001 alongside partners in the field in the fight against malaria with a global offer combining accessible drugs and educational programs.

Sanofi-Access to Medicines has developed a comprehensive approach of the malaria disease management based on a four-fold approach:

  1. Developing training tools and information and education initiatives that are adapted to all actors in the health chain.
  2. Producing medicines designed to meet patients’ needs, making use of our industrial know-how.
  3. Making medicines affordable for patients most in-need by applying a tiered pricing policy in endemic countries.
  4. Establishing a research and development program dedicated to therapeutic innovation in order to meet the challenges of the future, in particular the development of resistance to existing medicines.

To support the National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) of African malaria-endemic countries, Sanofi has developed an innovative “Train the Trainers” program on malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Training materials have been developed with scientific experts and NMCPs. Training sessions are organized for NCMP or Non-Governmental Organizations staff. They are managed by African malaria experts and take place over several days. One day is devoted to communication techniques, enabling participants in the training program to learn how to pass down their knowledge, so that, in turn, they can become trainers.

Prevention and disease awareness is essential to combat the disease. This innovative program, by training health professional to managing malaria and communication techniques, contributes to raise awareness and involvement among the health care professionals.

Lessons learned

Improving public health is a complex challenge and the combination of expertise from various partners is essential to build sustainable solutions for patients most in-need.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

At the end of December 2013, more than 300 health professionals had been trained thanks to this program in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Malawi, Burundi, Benin, etc. As an example of the “Train the Trainers” approach, in 2010, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 34 initial trainers were able to train over 5,000 health community workers who learned about malaria.

Videos

Sanofi: Access to Medicines

Sanofi Access to Medicines Pogram Against Malaria

Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) Benin Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso Minsitry of Health, Burundi Ministry of Health, Côte d'Ivoire Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Congo Ministry of Health, Ghana Ministry of Health, Madagascar Ministry of Health, Malawi Ministry of Health, National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs), Nigerian Ministry of Health, Rep. of Congo Ministry of Health

Type of Partner(s) Government

Therapeutic Focus Infectious Diseases

Disease(s) Malaria

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Health professionals, Teachers

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 11

Country(ies) Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria

Start Date 2001

More information Sanofi Website

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« A trainer who doesn't know how to communicate isn't much of a trainer. This program prepared me to assimilate information and then pass it on to others. »

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