Implementing mass campaigns during a pandemic: What we learnt from supporting seasonal malaria chemoprevention during COVID-19
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic presented novel challenges to implementing community-based malaria control interventions. During this time, Malaria Consortium supported seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) in Burkina Faso, Chad, Nigeria, Togo and Mozambique, reaching more than 12 million children. To minimise the risk of infection and maintain essential malaria services, 2020 SMC campaigns were implemented using strict infection prevention and control (IPC) measures based on Malaria Consortium and national IPC guidelines. This learning paper highlights our key learnings from implementing this life-saving intervention during the pandemic.