Intensified Malaria Control in High Burden Provinces towards Falciparum Elimination

What is the Project About?

The Project has been developed in line with the goals of National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination aiming at elimination of Falciparum1 malaria (the fatal type of malaria infections) by 2016 and all cases of malaria including vivax2 by 2025. Under the overall supervision of the Country Coordinating Mechanism and in partnership with national and international partners including WHO, Ministry of Health and Medical Education and 14 Universities of Medical Sciences and Health Services the project started in October 2011 for a period of five years based on success stories of previous malaria project that was conducted in October 2008-September 2011.


1 Plasmodium falciprum: is a protozoal parasite carried by the female Anopheles mosquito, one of the species of Plasmodium that cause malaria in humans. Malaria caused by this species is the most dangerous form of malaria, with the highest rates of complications and death.

2 Plasmodium vivax: is a protozoal parasite carried by the female Anopheles mosquito, one of the species of plasmodium that cause malaria in humans. The most frequent and widely distributed cause of malaria.


What Have We Accomplished So Far?

  • Annual number of malaria cases declined by 52% since 2010.
  • Annual number of local falciparum malaria cases declined by 60% since 2010.
  • 497,830 Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) have been distributed to the target households to protect them against infected mosquito bites.
  • About 970,000 local people in malaria prone areas have been trained by Primary Health Care System personnel for using LLINs and received information on how to protect themselves against the disease in target districts.
  • On average, 290,000 people are protected against malaria twice a year by spraying their houses with insecticide (Indoor Residual Spraying: IRS).
  • 1123 rural community volunteers have been trained for using Rapid Diagnostic Test kits; thus improving early detection of malaria in remote areas.

Who Finances It?

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria (GFATM): US$21,972,959

Delivery In Previous Fiscal Year


Project Highlights

  • The project is on track to eliminate falciparum malaria in Iran by September 2016.
  • The annual number of local malaria cases in 2012 was 734, a considerable decline against a baseline of about 20,000 in the year.
  • Rural community volunteers have been trained and actively engaged in early case finding by using RDT kits.
  • Falciparum malaria elimination has been achieved much ahead of planned target in the high-burden areas in Kerman province.

Project Overview
Project Start Date:
October 2011
Estimated End Date:
September 2016
Geographic Coverage:
Provinces of Sistan va Baloochestan, Hormozgan, Kerman, Fars, Booshehr, Khuzestan, Isfahan, Kurdistan, Gilan, Qom, Khorasan-e Razavi
Focus Area:
Health – Malaria Elimination
Project Officer:
Dr. Mansour Ranjbar
GFATM Country Coordinating Mechanism, Centre for Communicable Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, World Health Organization (WHO)
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