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Table 3 Summary of activities provided by key stakeholders involved in the policy updating process for intermittent preventative treatment during pregnancy with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) for malaria in Malawi

From: Changing the policy for intermittent preventive treatment with sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine during pregnancy in Malawi

Stakeholder Main responsibility Role in policy change
NMCP Development of malaria policies, and implementation of malaria programs Drafting of guidelines, leading the process, and finalization of guidelines
RHD Implementation of reproductive health services in the MOH Drafting of the guidelines, and policy implementation
SSDI-services Effective integration and delivery of quality services under the Malawi Essential Health Package (EHP), and to strengthen the national health system in line with the National Health Sector Strategic Plan for 2011–2016 Coordination of activities, drafting of guidelines, finalizing, printing, dissemination of guidelines, and training of health workers
WHO Provision of technical advice and recommendation Overseeing of the whole process in accordance to WHO recommendations
PMI/USAID Provision of technical and financial support for the NMCP Provided financial support for all activities and provided technical advice
NMAC Provide expert opinion to the NMCP in policy and programme development Vetting and final approval of the guidelines
Malaria Care Provision of malaria diagnostic and treatment services Training of health workers
CHAI Strengthening of integrated health systems Revision of case management guidelines, training of health workers
Malaria researchers Conducting malaria research to provide evidence and guide policy formulation Provided technical review of evidence and guidelines
  1. NMCP National Malaria Control Programme, RHD Reproductive Health Directorate, SSDI support for service delivery integration, PMI President’s Malaria Initiative, USAID United States Agency for International Development, NMAC National Malaria Advisory Committee, CHAI Clinton Health Access Initiative, MOH Ministry of Health, WHO World Health Organization