Between 2016 and 2019, Population Services International (PSI) received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to implement the Greater Mekong Subregion Elimination of Malaria through Surveillance (GEMS) project in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) to strengthen private sector engagement in malaria testing, treatment, and reporting in accordance with national policies. The follow-on GEMS+ project is designed to transition private sector network oversight to national malaria programs (NMPs) and to ensure integration of the private sector into national malaria strategies and management structures by 2022.
This private sector engagement toolkit aims to strengthen existing and future malaria case management services by offering detailed outlines and valuable insights from PSI’s programming in Lao PDR to help national program managers, their teams, and collaborating partners improve private sector engagement programs (PSEPs). The toolkit includes standard operating procedures, best practices, and lessons learned when engaging private sector providers in the delivery of quality malaria case management. The content focuses on project implementation, quality assurance of malaria case management, surveillance, and community engagement.