MULTIPLY project launched in Sierra Leone – 19 November 2021
The MULTIPLY project is being conducted in Sierra Leone, Togo and Mozambique. In Sierra Leone, MULTIPLY is led by the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone in close collaboration with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation through the National Malarial Control Program (NMCP) and the Child Health / Expanded Programme on Immunization (CH/EPI) in Sierra Leone.
MULTIPLY was formally launched in Sierra Leone on the 19th November 2021 by the Acting Registrar on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, University of Sierra Leone in Makeni, Bombali District. In attendance were the Principal Investigator for MULTIPLY in Sierra Leone, the International Principal Investigator and team from Barcelona, District Medical Officers (DMO) and Medical Superintendents (MS) from Bombali, Port Loko and Tonkolili, Paramount Chiefs, Peripheral Health Units (PHU) in-charges, representatives from the University of Sierra Leone, NMCP, CH/EPI, the World Health Organization (WHO), inter-religious organizations, the military, the police, other key district stakeholders and the press. The objectives of the study were presented by the Principal Investigator followed by statements from different speakers including the International PI and representative from WHO, NMCP, CH/EPI and the DMO.
Currently, Sierra Leone is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa that implements the WHO recommended malaria control policy Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in infants (IPTi). Through MULTIPLY, we seek to expand from the currently recommended 3 doses of IPTi in the first year of life to 6 doses in the first 2 years of life to increase the protective effectiveness of IPTi to this high risk group.