This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC), the intermittent administration of full treatment of an anti-malarial medicine during the malaria season to prevent malaria illness. The SMC Alliance and partners including USAID celebrated the occasion at the Noom Hotel in Conakry on March 1, 2023.
The ceremony attendees included the Dr. Mohamed Lamine Yansané, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, representatives of national malaria control programs from several African countries, and representatives of development partners of Guinea.
The SMC Alliance is a group of stakeholders involved in Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) campaigns, from National Malaria Control Programs to international technical partners and donors.
SMC is included in the health policy in Guinea based on recommendations made by the World Health Organization in 2012 and targets children aged 3-59 months living in areas of high seasonal malaria transmission. Guinea is one of the 27 President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) partner countries and one of ten PMI partners to receive support for the SMC. SMC has been organized in Guinea since 2015 and has provided more than five million seasonal preventive treatments.