In the past five years, National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) in at least six countries (Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have distributed insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) through schools. The scale of these programs has ranged from a few districts or local government areas (LGAs) to nationwide. All of the programs relied on school enrollment data to determine how many nets should be allocated to storage points and distribution sites. For this reason, it is important to ensure that processes are in place to validate school enrollment data.
VectorWorks recently released Data Validation for School-Based ITN Distributions: Lessons Learned from Tanzania, Ghana, and Nigeria, written for those who design and implement school distribution programs. First, it describes best practices for ensuring that enrollment data is complete and accurate. Then it outlines how programs in three of the six programs above – Tanzania, Ghana, and Nigeria – are validating the quality of school enrollment data. Other resources, such as a checklist for reviewing school distribution guidelines, an illustrative training exercise, and a validation tool are also provided.