# Understanding and improving access to prompt and effective malaria treatment and care in rural Tanzania : the ACCESS Programme

Hetzel, Manuel W. and Iteba, Nelly and Makemba, Ahmed and Mshana, Christopher and Lengeler, Christian and Obrist, Brigit and Schulze, Alexander and Nathan, Rose and Dillip, Angel and Alba, Sandra and Mayumana, Iddy and Khatib, Rashid A. and Njau, Joseph D. and Mshinda, Hassan. (2007) Understanding and improving access to prompt and effective malaria treatment and care in rural Tanzania : the ACCESS Programme. Malaria journal, Vol. 6 , 83.

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Background: Prompt access to effective treatment is central in the fight against malaria. However, a variety of interlinked factors at household and health system level influence access to timely and appropriate treatment and care. Furthermore, access may be influenced by global and national health policies. As a consequence, many malaria episodes in highly endemic countries are not treated appropriately. Project: The ACCESS Programme aims at understanding and improving access to prompt and effective malaria treatment and care in a rural Tanzanian setting. The programmes strategy is based on a set of integrated interventions, including social marketing for improved care seeking at community level as well as strengthening of quality of care at health facilities. This is complemented by a project that aims to improve the performance of drug stores. The interventions are accompanied by a comprehensive set of monitoring and evaluation activities measuring the programmes performance and (health) impact. Baseline data demonstrated heterogeneity in the availability of malaria treatment, unavailability of medicines and treatment providers in certain areas as well as quality problems with regard to drugs and services. Conclusion: The ACCESS Programme is a combination of multiple complementary interventions with a strong evaluation component. With this approach, ACCESS aims to contribute to the development of a more comprehensive access framework and to inform and support public health professionals and policy-makers in the delivery of improved health services.