# The malaria atlas project aims to disseminate free, accurate and up-to-date geographical information on malaria and associated topics.
The Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) brings together a global network of researchers with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, from public health to mathematics, geography, and epidemiology. We work together to assemble global databases on malaria risk and intervention coverage and develop innovative analysis methods that use those data to address critical questions. These include better understanding the global landscape of malaria risk, how this is changing, and the impact of malaria interventions. By evaluating burden, trends, and impact at fine geographical scale we support informed decision making for malaria control at international, regional and national scales.
As part of this mission, MAP obtains, curates, and shares a wide variety of malariometric data. These include malaria cases reported by surveillance systems, nationally representative cross-sectional surveys of parasite rate, and satellite imagery capturing global environmental conditions that influence malaria transmission. The MAP group provides the outputs of our research, as well as broader technical advice and support, to National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Ministries of Health, and other third parties as part of our commitment to open access data.
MAP is led by Professor Peter Gething of The Big Data Institute at The University of Oxford. The MAP group comprises research staff conducting academic work and technical staff who deal with obtaining, curating, and disseminating data and providing mapping support to NGOs and NMCPs.
# World Health Organization Collaborating Centre
MAP is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
The Malaria Atlas Project has received designation as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Geospatial Disease Modelling. This designation primarily recognises MAP’s contribution to supporting the modelling, monitoring and evaluation activities of the WHO Global Malaria Programme.
MAP collaborates with WHO on the estimation of malaria programme coverage and disease burden and projecting changes in malaria risk to 2040.
This work includes the production of country-level risk and incidence maps for P. falciparum and P. vivax malaria and the socio-economic impact of malaria and malaria control.
# Support for Other Projects
The Malaria Atlas Project aims to support other programmes engaged in the fight against tropical infectious diseases and we have provided maps and data to a wide range of international groups including:
- The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (2011) A Decade of Partnership and Results. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland on behalf of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat, 139 pages
- The Global Atlas of Helminth Infections
- The Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium
- VectorMap: Researchers at the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit have incorporated our models of the effect of temperature on malaria transmission into their online VectorMap tool. By selecting Vector Theme: Mosquitoes and Disease Model: Malaria, users can visualise the outputs we have generated for infectious days and suitability index together with other important parameters.
- The University of Southampton’s Using mobile phones to tackle malaria project
And to National institutions:
- The Division of Malaria Control, Ministry of Health, Kenya
- The Directorate of Vector Borne Disease Control, Ministry of Health, Indonesia
- The National Malaria Control Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Republic of the Sudan
- The National Vector-borne Disease Control Programme, Ministry of Health & Social Services, Republic of Namibia
- Zanzibar Malaria Control Program (2009) Malaria elimination in Zanzibar: a feasibility assessment. Zanzibar Malaria Control Program, Zanzibar, Tanzania, 87p
- The Department of Health Services, Nepal
- The Programme National de Lutte Contre le Paludisme, Ministère de la Sante, République de Djibouti
- The Malaria Control Programme, Ministry of Health, South Sudan
- The National Malaria Control Programme, Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, Mbabane, Kingdom of Swaziland