Study to assess efficiency of T3 Malaria Policy launched

Hannah Awadzi, GNA

Accra, Nov. 14, GNA
– Three organisations have collaborated 
and launched a research study to assess and review the efficiency of the
Test, Treat the Track (T3) Malaria Policy in Ghana.

The partners are the
Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights, Kintampo Health Research Centre and
the Anglican Diocesan Development Relief Organization.

With support from
Coffy International, the study seeks to encourage a better Malaria Control
Programme, which allows people to get the right intervention, at the right time
and in the right place.

Mr Peter Meyers of
Coffy International, at the launch of the Research study, in Accra on Thursday,
said his organisation was hopeful to facilitate a partner-led learning.

In 2012, the World
Health Organization launched a new initiative called T3, Test, Treat and Track
as a framework for Malaria Control and elimination.

Ghana adopted the T3
initiative in 2013, and developed guidelines for implementing the policy.

Mr Meyers said the
policy sought to promote a shift from fever invariably equated with Malaria to
the testing of every suspected case before treatment.

“Seven years after
the launch of the T3 policy, it is necessary to assess and review the
efficiency of the policy in facilities”.

The study would help
fill evidence gaps and implementation of the T3 policy, facilitate discussions
about evidence and advocate for investment in Malaria Control and Management.

The study will be
conducted in the Nzema East Municipality and Mpohor District, Kintampo North
Municipality and Kintampo South District in the and Mamprusi and Jirapa

Nii Ankonu
Annorbah-Sarpei of the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights, in a
presentation on the Introduction to the T3 study approach said, it would
contribute to building the capacities of different key health Stakeholders to
improve efficiency.

He said they would
work with a joint assessment team of health directorate personnel, local
government at the District Assembly level and community members to collect
data, using mobile phones or tablets.