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Microplanning: the key to success for MDA

Microplanning is the stabilising structure within which all elements of an MDA campaign are organised, planned, and managed at the district level.

Microplanning is the mechanism through which all elements of an MDA campaign are organised, planned, and managed at the district level. Microplans are detailed enough to outline how an MDA can be completed within a timeframe.

A microplan starts by identifying a date for the MDA distribution and then works backwards, identifying which key activities should be completed ahead of this date:

  • Ordering supplies
  • Training distributors
  • Distributing materials
  • Mobilising the community
  • Deploying the distribution teams.

Some of these activities need to begin 10 – 12 months ahead of the MDA campaign.

Identifying the MDA distribution date should be done in consultation with community leaders and key stakeholders. They can advise when villagers will be available to participate as this depends on seasonal activities, religious observance, holidays, and so on. They also know the best distribution locations and can respond to villagers’ questions about the MDA.

When planning MDA, it’s also important to consider the local health services and whether there might be any competing health activities in the targeted area.

As you watch this presentation, think about why planning for, and reporting on, gender-specific MDA coverage may be an important in microplanning.

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