A Word from the Director

Elaine Roman, TIPTOP Project Director
The Unitaid-supported TIPTOP project uses an innovative community-focused approach that increases opportunities for eligible pregnant women to receive intermittent preventive treatment with quality-assured sulfadoxine pyrimethamine (C-IPTp) in communities where they live to prevent malaria.  Unitaid recently posted a TIPTOP story that highlights how this new entry point at the community level is increasing opportunities for pregnant women to receive SP to protect themselves and their babies from malaria (see link below).  TIPTOP-trained community health workers, who are part of each country’s national health system, also counsel pregnant women on malaria prevention and refer expecting mothers to the health facility for comprehensive ANC services. The C-IPTp approach underscores the value of communities and the importance of bringing women the care they need where they live.  TIPTOP is bridging the link between communities and health facilities with this innovative solution - C-IPTp - affording more women the opportunity to receive the recommended three doses of IPTp and reaching the hardest to reach with this much needed medicine.
Link to TIPTOP Story
Voices from the Field
“We’ve known that IPTp is effective in preventing malaria during pregnancy for years, but we simply have not succeeded in reaching enough women at risk. That’s why these community-led interventions have such strong potential in bridging the gap to health services and helping bring essential malaria protection to women.” 
Dr Philippe Duneton, Executive Director of Unitaid
Visions from the Field
Akure South, Ondo State, Nigeria: TIPTOP CHW, Tajudeen Bashirat, is counseling Ifedayo Temitope during her pregnancy about the importance of IPTp and ANC.
They are joined (photo bottom right) by Arakale Comprehensive Health Center nurse/midwife, Helen Ogunniyi, who supervises the TIPTOP CHWs to ensure quality services to pregnant women.

Photo credit: 'Dipo Otolorin, Jhpiego
Closing the Gap:
Increasing opportunities for pregnant women to receive IPTp3+
TIPTOP's community approach to IPTp distribution is contributing to increased IPTp3+ coverage in Phase 1 Districts in DRC, Madagascar, and Nigeria moving these sites closer to WHO's global goal of 80%.  In Mozambique, where they have experienced a cyclone and insecurity, we see a level of decline.

Meet our TIPTOP team members

Arooj Yousaf

Senior Program Coordinator, U.S.
The thing that excites me most about TIPTOP is: research, data collection, and analysis by the TIPTOP teams! Specifically data analysis discussions that shed more light on how implementation is proceeding within the countries, the successes/challenges that they face, and how the data reflect these.

John Muyaya Tshidinda

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, DRC
The thing that excites me most about TIPTOP is: through this project, we are bringing the malaria prevention service closer to the population and therefore to the community. It's an innovative approach in the fight against the scourge that kills too many people here in sub-Saharan Africa.

Geraldina Salomao Duarte

Community Officer, Mozambique
I knew I wanted to work in global health when: through personal health problems I realized I could help others as many still need support in health. And it is rewarding to see that we make some positive differences in the lives of others.

Elizabeth Ogechi Njoku

Data Analyst, Nigeria
The thing that excites me most about TIPTOP is: Seeing the community members take responsibility for their health needs, bending the curves, ensuring no pregnant woman is left behind in accessing the malaria prevention drugs and documenting their health services on the go!
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