Rapid Access Expansion 2015 programme (RAcE 2015)

In 2012, the WHO Global Malaria Programme was awarded a grant by the Government of Canada to support the scale-up of integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of childhood illnesses using malaria as an entry point. The Rapid Access Expansion Programme – or RAcE 2015 – is now being rolled out in five malaria-endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Nigeria.

Through RAcE 2015, WHO is awarding grants of up to US$ 2 million annually to institutions and organizations who submit successful proposals aiming to strengthen integrated community case management of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea.

Programme objectives

The programme’s key goal is to increase coverage of diagnostic, treatment, and referral services for these major causes of childhood mortality and thereby accelerate progress toward the health-related Millennium Development Goals. The activities also directly contribute to the implementation of the UN Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative.

The programme’s secondary objective is to generate evidence to inform WHO policy recommendations and programmatic guidance on iCCM. Lessons learned will be reviewed at annual WHO regional meetings to share experiences and identify best practices for the scale-up of iCCM programmes in malaria-endemic countries. The project will also serve as a foundation for a comprehensive policy review on case management in the five target countries, and the updating of WHO’s policy guidance on iCCM.

1.2 million children covered annually in five countries

The RAcE 2015 project will be implemented in approximately one thousand villages in all beneficiary countries, covering areas with a total population of about one million in each country, including at least 150 000 children under five. In the course of the project, a total of 7500 community health workers will be supported and trained, and approximately 1.2 million children will be covered annually in the five countries. The project is expected to save between 4200 and 6200 lives per year of project implementation at full scale.

Governance and project oversight

The programme is governed by an International Steering Group, which provides general oversight and advice to the WHO Global Malaria Programme regarding the development and implementation of RAcE 2015, to help improve the relevance, impact and sustainability of the programme. In accordance with the criteria and objectives of RAcE 2015, a Project Review Panel has been appointed to review applications for grants received from civil society organizations and to make recommendations to WHO on which grant applications to accept and which ones to reject, with brief justifications.

Last updated: 12 February 2014

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Franco Pagnoni
Team Leader of RAcE 2015 Project
WHO Global Malaria Programme
Tel: +41 22 791 1811

Requests for proposals

Implementing the RAcE project

In September 2013, GMP and the WHO Regional Office for Africa held a joint meeting to review progress on the implementation of the RAcE 2015 project. The presentations given during this meeting contain a wealth of information about iCCM, and the burden of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea in the five selected countries.