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Uganda Public Health Fellowship Program trains district teams in Malaria normal channels

The Uganda Public Health Fellowship Program (UPHP) with support from the National Malaria Control Division has recently conducted a refresher training on developing malaria normal channels. A team led by Immaculate Atuhaire a PHFP Cohort II fellow trained seven districts and two cities in malaria channels. Practical sessions were carried out with the teams. District Health Teams (DHTs)were taken through extracting data from UDHS2 and how to clean it. The team trained a total of 42 DHT members  from Gulu and Lira regions (Otuke, Kitgum, Gulu, Gulu city, Lira, Lira city, Kwania and Lamwo districts ). The total cadres trained were: 4 District Health Officers, 5 Assistant District Health Officers-Environmental Health, 6 Assistant District Health officers-MCH, 6 District Surveillance Focal Persons, 6 Malaria focal persons, 6 Biostatisticians, 2 District Vector control officer, 5 were HMIS focal person and 2 District laboratory focal persons. This was done to build and improve capacity to detect malaria outbreaks in Uganda.

Malaria remains a major public health problem and the most frequently reported disease at both Public and private health facilities in Uganda. The disease accounts for 30-50% of outpatient visits, 15-20% of admissions and up to 20% of all facility deaths.

In the past years, there have been malaria upsurges in some districts in Uganda, but they were detected late due to failure to analyze surveillance data both at the district and national level. 

The District Health Team is responsible for monitoring data collection, analyzing, and reporting data for all health facilities in the district. The World Health Organization recommends plotting a malaria normal channel in malaria endemic countries including Uganda as a method for detecting malaria outbreaks.