About NMCC

Who we are

The National Malaria Control Centre (NMCC), located on the grounds of the Chainama Hills College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, assumed responsibility for coordinating Zambia malaria control activities in December 1997. The NMCC, which is a department under the directorate of Public Health and Research of the Ministry of Health, provides technical support and coordination for a wide range of partners including research and training institutes and Provincial and District Health Offices.

The NMCC links closely with partners in the commercial sector, churches and mission hospitals, NGOs, and service groups such as Zambia Red Cross, Zambia Scouts, Zambian Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Rotary. Please visit our partners page to learn more.

Our Goals

The 2006-2010 National Malaria Strategic Plan aims to cut malaria incidence by 75 percent and significantly reduce malaria-related mortality by 2010 through a national scale up of proven, effective malaria interventions, including insecticide treated mosquito nets; indoor residual spraying; intermittent preventive treatment; and prompt effective antimalarial treatment, especially to vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women.

Our Core Activities

In addition to coordinating malaria control activities in the country, the NMCC is involved in the day-to-day implementation of malaria prevention and control interventions in an effort to significantly reduce morbidity and mortality due to malaria in line with the global Roll Back Malaria goal of reducing the malaria burden by half by the year 2010.

Core NMCC activities include:

  • Improving access to prompt and effective treatment through disease recognition, treatment with appropriate drug (Fansidar and Coartem), and compliance with multi-dose therapies.
  • Reducing the burden of malaria in pregnancy through provision of intermittent preventive therapy (IPT), use of insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITNs) and providing services to reduce anemia
  • Increasing access to and use of ITNs and insecticide tablets to retreat the nets
  • Conducting indoor residual spraying in areas where nets are not being distributed.
  • Increasing awareness through information, education and communication (IEC) strategies.
  • Monitoring and evaluation, operational research.
  • Providing overall strategic management of national malaria control activities and partner coordination.