National Center for Malaria, Parasitology and Entomology (CNM)

Sector in which the organization works:

Government Agency

Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs

The National Malaria Center (CNM) is one of the health institutions of various institutions under the Ministry of Health, which is responsible for the control of vector-borne diseases. It co-ordinates three main programmes: malaria, dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF), Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), except trachoma. Its role as the apex centre of reference and operational research is envisaged to be developed in the years to come. The main functions of the CNM are:

  • To provide technical assistance to the MoH for determining government policies, objectives and effective national strategies.
  • To define effective policy interventions and frame technical guidelines and operational policies in order to guide the provinces, operational health districts and health facilities for implementation of various programme strategies.
  • To assess the resource gaps from time to time in order to assist the MoH for mobilizing the required resources and providing an equitable support based on the magnitude of the problem.
  • To assist the MoH for budgeting and planning of the logistics pertaining to the different programmes overseen by the Center.
  • To strengthen the institutional capacity at all levels through training, supervision and on-the-job mentoring.
  • To support the health system network for providing access to the population and to supervise program activities.
  • To monitor program implementation through regular monitoring visits and submission of reports and returns.
  • To establish quality assurance for diagnostic and case management services including cross checking of blood slides for quality control.
  • To periodically evaluate the various program interventions, projects and programmes.
  • To conduct entomological studies, drug resistance studies and carry out appropriate operational research studies.
  • To collaborate with national and international partners and donors.