Malaria Indicator Survey in Somalia

The Somalia Malaria Indicator Survey (SMIS) of 2014 was undertaken at different times in the three zones of Central South (January-February 2014); Puntland (December 2013-January 2014) and Somaliland (March to April 2014). This coincided largely with the malaria transmission season except perhaps in Somaliland where the survey may have been undertaken slightly outside the transmission season.

This is the first MIS in Somalia and a deliberate decision was made that the fieldwork would be managed, supervised and implemented by the malaria control programmes in the three zones. The aim was to build local programme capacity to fully undertake future health surveys. However, there were important contextual, sampling and survey related issues that should be taken into consideration in the interpretation of the reported results.