A Word from the Director

Elaine Roman, TIPTOP Project Director
When I reflect back on this past year, it is inspiring to know what each of the TIPTOP countries has accomplished to date from the development of learning materials, building capacity of health providers, strengthening routine monitoring systems, engendering partnerships between national reproductive health and national malaria control programs and ensuring availability of quality assured sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine at community level.  These efforts were complemented by important qualitative and quantitative research studies.  All of this is paving the way to build a strong foundation for the demonstration of community intermittent preventive treatment (C-IPTp) across all four countries and generate the evidence for the World Health Organization to review its global policy on IPTp.  Three of the four TIPTOP countries (Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Nigeria) have begun implementation of C-IPTp and the final country (Mozambique) will start implementation soon.
The TIPTOP partnership including Unitaid came together in Abuja, Nigeria in September to reflect on project successes and to consider opportunities to strengthen implementation for the future.  The collective sharing among country and global level stakeholders has helped to position TIPTOP for the third year of the project and reinforced the importance of continued partnership with Ministries of Health as well as  community service organizations as we move forward to achieve our project aims. 
Photo below: The TIPTOP team all working together to ensure there are no missed opportunities in the prevention of malaria in pregnancy.
Photo credit: Enobong Ndekhedehe, Jhpiego

Voices from the field

“As a pregnant woman myself, I have used my personal experience to change women’s behaviors towards ANC and the use of SP."
Agbo Mercy, Community Drug Distributor, TIPTOP, Ugwuegu Community, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Meet some of the TIPTOP team members from Jhpiego around the globe

Robert Sellke

Program Officer, Jhpiego

My role on TIPTOP is:  Working with the TIPTOP Jhpiego Headquarters Team, providing project administrative and coordination support to our core team initiatives and our four country teams.

Elsa Nhantumbo

M&E Specialist, Jhpiego Mozambique

I realized I wanted to work in global health when: In 2011 I did a site visit aiming to understand the determinants of dengue disease while attending a Public Health Field Course in Brazil.

Ibrahim Babangida Oguchwe

Finance Officer, Jhpiego Nigeria

The thing about TIPTOP that excites me most is: The community aspect of the work whereby we don’t just sit at the clinic and wait for pregnant women to come, rather we take the project to their door steps.
Visions from the field
A pregnant woman in Ogbye Village, Ekwashi Community, Ebonyi State taking her 3 tablets of sulfadoxine pyrimethamine at the urging of the TIPTOP Community Health Worker who provided key messaging on the importance of protecting oneself from malaria during pregnancy. 
Photo credit: Nkechi Ani, Jhpiego
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