The ease with which people are able to connect with the services, institutions, and individuals supportive of socioeconomic success, good health, and overall wellbeing can ultimately separate communities that thrive from those left behind. Regardless of recent advances in electronic and online communications, inequalities persist in physical access to resources and opportunities that are primarily concentrated in urban centres. Understanding where the largest gaps in accessibility remain is of critical importance to a broad range of policymakers, investors, and development partners. Under the leadership Dr Daniel Weiss, Director of Global Malaria Epidemiology at MAP, we offer a first, crucial step toward tracking exactly where gaps in accessibility remain in 2015 and where the world can collectively address the most fundamental inequalities still experienced today. Read More
Malaria symptoms can often be quite general, overlapping with symptoms of other diseases. Malaria Atlas Project researchers aim to quantify the prevalence of two key symptoms of malaria (fever and anaemia) across Africa, and generate a better understanding of how much malaria contributes to each of these syndromes on the continent. In addition to this, by quantifying symptomatic and asymptomatic illness from malaria, we aim to measure the treatment seeking rate and effective treatment coverage for P. falciparum malaria in Africa.
Many countries are implementing measures to control and eliminate malaria. To maximise the effectiveness, it is vital that planners have access to the best metrics about malaria risk. In collaboration with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MAP is working to synthesise complex mathematical models to compute available epidemiological data with geostatistical models for large, spatially-structured data sets, in order to more accurately predict malaria risk.
MAP is conducting research into geospatial analysis for malaria risk stratification and intervention targeting. Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we are working closely with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, National Malaria Control Programs, and other partners to maximize the utility of model outputs for national malaria planning.
Insecticide resistance (IR), particularly pyrethroid resistance in Africa, is increasingly recognised as one of the most important and growing barriers to effective malaria control. A collaboration between the Malaria Atlas Project and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is currently using a cartographic approach to generate data that models patterns of resistance in time and space. Read More
Improving housing and the built environment is a promising strategy for malaria control and elimination. Evidence from a number of African settings indicates that simple modifications that reduce house entry by malaria’s mosquito vectors, such as closing eave gaps and screening doors and windows, can help protect residents from malaria. Read More
A 2015 study by MAP, published in Nature, has quantified the attributable effect of malaria disease control efforts in Africa showing that Plasmodium falciparum infection prevalence in endemic Africa halved and the incidence of clinical disease fell by 40% between 2000 and 2015. Read More
Inherited blood disorders (IBDs) include all disorders that are passed down through families and affect the normal properties of blood in humans. Their clinical effects range from benign to lethal. We are interested in IBDs that are common enough to be of public health significance and particularly in those with a link to malaria. Read More