Costing Malaria Surveillance Systems and Mobile Reporting for Private Sector Providers in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar: Is it Affordable?


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National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are strengthening malaria surveillance systems to achieve malaria elimination targets by 2030. NMCPs are considering whether and how to transition aggregate, paper-based reporting systems to real-time, case-based electronic systems. The exponential growth of smartphone ownership and mobile coverage in the GMS is also prompting NMCPs and malaria partners to integrate mobile reporting solutions into surveillance systems to increase the timeliness and granularity of case reporting. The affordability and sustainability of private sector surveillance interventions in malaria elimination settings, however, is largely unknown.

PSI’s Greater Mekong Subregion Elimination of Malaria through Surveillance (GEMS) program supports NMCP strategies in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam by improving private sector case management and generating robust surveillance data from the private sector. In response to increasing demand for real-time case-based reporting and analysis, GEMS configured an electronic surveillance platform in DHIS2, developed open-source mobile applications for real-time reporting, and scaled mobile reporting tools across private sector networks. Case data generated by PSI-supported providers and captured through the GEMS surveillance platform were integrated into national systems at varying degrees of frequency and granularity, in accordance to NMCP reporting protocols