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MALARIA CONSORTIUM-

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A SYSTEMATIC QUALITY AUDIT TOOL FOR PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE DELIVERY AND CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT EXTERNAL QUALITY AUDIT OF SEASONAL MALARIA CHEMOPREVENTION (SMC) DELIVERY IN TWO TO THREE COUNTRIES WHERE MALARIA CONSORTIUM IS IMPLEMENTING SMC

MALARIA CONSORTIUM
TERMS OF REFERENCE
TITLE: DEVELOPMENT OF A SYSTEMATIC QUALITY AUDIT TOOL FOR PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE DELIVERY AND CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT EXTERNAL QUALITY AUDIT OF SEASONAL MALARIA CHEMOPREVENTION (SMC) DELIVERY IN TWO TO THREE COUNTRIES WHERE MALARIA CONSORTIUM IS IMPLEMENTING SMC
PROJECTS: SMC
LOCATION OF SUPPORT: 3 TO 4 STATES IN NIGERIA, AND 1 TO 2 DISTRICTS IN EITHER TOGO OR CHAD
REPORTING TO: MADDY MARASCIULO, SMC QUALITY LEAD
TIMEFRAME: UP TO 90 WORKING DAYS BETWEEN 15 NOVEMBER 2021 AND 20 NOVEMBER 2022
BUDGET: NEGOTIABLE

1. BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
Across the Sahel, most malaria illness and deaths occur during the rainy season, typically between June and October. Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) is a highly effective intervention to prevent malaria infection during this peak transmission period among those most at risk: children under five. SMC involves administering monthly courses of two antimalarial drugs to children 3–59 months: sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) and amodiaquine (AQ), or SPAQ, for up to five months. It is typically delivered door-to-door by volunteer community distributors (CDs). This World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended intervention is safe, cost-effective and feasible, and can prevent up to 75 percent of malaria cases in under-fives when used alongside other malaria control interventions. Malaria Consortium has been a leading implementer of SMC since WHO issued its recommendation in 2012. In 2021, our SMC programme plans to reach around 20 million children in Burkina Faso, Chad, Nigeria, Togo, Mozambique, and Uganda.

In 2020 Malaria Consortium developed a Framework for SMC Quality Delivery with the aim of providing a benchmark for consistent and appropriate implementation of SMC, to measure the quality of our SMC programme delivery against a set of agreed quality standards, and ultimately to improve programme outcomes. A set of ten quality standards were developed across the key SMC delivery components:

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