Dyness Kasungami, Senior Child Health Advisor of USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, presented on lessons learned during the process of incorporating integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) into eligible countries’ malaria and health systems strengthening concept notes to leverage resources to scale up iCCM. The process of concept note development was explored in five countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia.
In these five countries selected for this review, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded technical assistance through MCSP to assist country teams with program and financial gap analyses, costing the iCCM package and drafting the iCCM portion of the concept notes. With child health stakeholders increasingly focused on mobilizing resources to scale-up iCCM as an important strategy to complement investments at the facility level, a close look at these country stories provides valuable lessons about ways to increase the likelihood of integration to ensure that all children have access to lifesaving health services. The recent push to consolidate funding and increase efficiency using existing resources makes these stories important to inform efforts to leverage other funding sources to ensure equitable access to case management.