Field Tools and Guidance

Field testing new tools in pilot countries for broader adoption throughout the African region is an important step in charting the path to elimination.

Pilot countries, like Zambia and its neighbors, are testing new tools and approaches, helping to create malaria-free zones. The evidence-based approaches they are developing can be adapted for broader uptake throughout the region, helping countries share resources and learn together as they work to make malaria history.

Below is a list of tools currently being piloted as part of Zambia’s three-step approach to creating malaria-free zones in the country. To request a full set of these materials, please email

Three-step approach

1. Rapid reporting. Community health workers provide weekly reports on confirmed malaria cases by cell phone. This data helps communities know where malaria is and begin test and treat activities. Tool supporting rapid reporting efforts include:

  • Training Agenda
  • Malaria Rapid Reporting System – National Malaria Control Programme, Zambia
  • Exercise 1. HIA 1 Form
  • Exercise 2 RMR Weekly Form
  • HMIS Health Facility Aggregate Monthly Reporting Form
  • Improving Malaria Surveillance-DHIS
  • MRR Desk Guide
  • Rapid Malaria Reporting User Guide
  • Rapid Malaria Reporting Weekly
  • Rapid Malaria Reporting Facility Dashboard
  • Rapid Malaria Reporting End User Agreement
  • TIPS
  • Zambiatp_user_man_master11

2. Test and treat. A team of trusted, trained, and well-known health workers go to every house in areas identified as malaria hotspots and test for the disease. Conducted in the dry season to eliminate parasites before the transmission season begins, this is a powerful approach to clearing pockets of infection. Tools supporting test and treat efforts include:

  • GPS Troubleshooting Guide
  • Active Parasite Detection (APD) 2011
  • APD Supervisor Instructions
  • Supervisory Daily Progress Sheet
  • APD 2011 Ethical Issues
  • APD 2011 Introduction
  • APD 2011 Questionnaire Overview
  • APD RDT SOPs Manual
  • APD CHW RDT Field Guide
  • Uncomplicated Malaria at All Levels
  • APD Test and Treat Process
  • APD Consent PowerPoint
  • APD Field Supplemental
  • APD PDA Supervisor Instructions Final
  • CHW RDT Field Guide
  • PDA and GPS Overview
  • Supplemental APD
  • Test and Treat Process PowerPoint

3. Active surveillance. As soon as an area has a low malaria burden, an active surveillance system is put into place. If positive malaria cases are recorded by local health care workers or at health centers, a team of health workers then tests everyone in the immediate area to ensure that transmission is contained and stopped. Tools supporting active surveillance include:

  • Example Register Complex
  • Example Register Data
  • Example Register Simple
  • CHW Pre and Post Questionnaire
  • CHW Summary Guide
  • CHW Training Materials
  • Data CHW Mobile Guide
  • Data CHW Training Materials
  • Malaria in Zambia