Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) Expands Global Initiative with New Node in East Africa

In a strategic move to bolster the fight against malaria, the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) is broadening its global footprint by establishing a new node in East Africa. The node will be based at the Ifakara Health Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, intensifying efforts to combat malaria in regions where the disease is most prevalent.

Supported by a substantial $5 million grant, this expansion marks a significant step forward for MAP in addressing malaria through data-driven strategies. As a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Geospatial Disease Modelling, MAP has been at the forefront of utilizing data to understand malaria's global spread and impact.

The establishment of a dedicated node in East Africa signifies a commitment to direct community engagement, fostering stronger ties with regional health authorities. This on-the-ground approach is poised to yield valuable insights into the unique challenges faced by affected populations, paving the way for targeted interventions.

The $5 million grant plays a pivotal role in ensuring the sustained success of the new database node. It will facilitate investments in cutting-edge infrastructure, the recruitment of local research talent, and the establishment of partnerships with academic institutions and healthcare providers.

By establishing a robust presence in East Africa, MAP aims to generate more accurate and comprehensive data on malaria cases. This initiative is expected to make a lasting impact on malaria research and control efforts in the region, contributing significantly to the global fight against the disease.

Dr Susan Rumisha, a senior research fellow at MAP, will lead the East Africa MAP Node, with support from Dr Peter Gething, who heads the Perth Node. The collaboration between these two nodes, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is anticipated to drive world-leading research on eliminating malaria, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, where 95% of malaria cases and deaths occur.


Article by Jed Mwangi

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