Malaria is a major cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 219 million cases and 435,000 deaths in 2017, primarily in Africa. Increasing the capacity of national malaria programs, ministries of health and communities to collect, analyze and use malaria data to improve detection, quality of care and best placement of resources is an important strategy for eliminating malaria.
A newly awarded malaria-focused program — “Strengthening Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation for Malaria Control and Elimination” — will provide $36 million in funding for MEASURE Evaluation, housed at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The award comes from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which funds MEASURE Evaluation — a global health project.
The project’s principal investigator is Dr. Jim Thomas, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and the director of MEASURE Evaluation.
The new award will be used over five years to strengthen malaria information systems and build capacity in countries supported by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative for malaria SM&E (surveillance, monitoring and evaluation). Consortium partners are: UNC; ICF Macro, Inc.; Tulane University; John Snow, Inc.; and Palladium International, LLC.
MEASURE Evaluation’s approach for the malaria SM&E program is to provide more accurate and timely data to inform prevention and elimination efforts; support country-level use of strategic information and thereby achieve impact; develop global guidance for malaria SM&E; and support a coordinated response by malaria-endemic countriesFriday Letter Submission, Publish on August 02