The West Africa ICEMR Partnerships for Guiding Policy to Improve the Malaria Prevention and Control

Seydou Doumbia*, Mahamoudou Toure, Nafomon Sogoba, Michael Alifrangis, Mahamadou Diakite, Ayouba Diarra, Moussa Keita, Drissa Konaté, Sory I Diawara, Sidibé M'Baye Thiam, Soumba Keita, Moctar Tounkara, Idrissa Cissé, Vincent Sanogo, Mahamadou H Magassa, Alyssa E Barry, Peter J Winch, Hannah C Marker, Jeffrey G Shaffer, Sékou F TraoréGünter C Müller, Liwang Cui, John C Beier, Jules Mihigo

*Corresponding author for this work

Abstract

The Mali National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) recently established a phased set of goals for eliminating malaria in Mali by 2030. Over the past decade, the scale-up of NMCP-led malaria control interventions has led to considerable progress, as evidenced by multiple malariometric indicators. The West Africa International Center of Excellence in Malaria Research (WA-ICEMR) is a multidisciplinary research program that works closely with the NMCP and its partners to address critical research needs for malaria control. This coordinated effort includes assessing the effectiveness of control interventions based on key malaria research topics, including immune status, parasite genetic diversity, insecticide and drug resistance, diagnostic accuracy, malaria vector populations and biting behaviors, and vectorial capacity. Several signature accomplishments of the WA-ICEMR include identifying changing malaria age demographic profiles, testing innovative approaches to improve control strategies, and providing regular reporting on drug and insecticide resistance status. The NMCP and WA-ICEMR partnership between the WA-ICEMR and the NMCP offers a comprehensive research platform that informs the design and implementation of malaria prevention and control research programs. These efforts build local expertise and capacity for the next generation of malaria researchers and guide local policy, which is crucial in sustaining efforts toward eliminating malaria in West Africa.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Volume107
Issue number4_Suppl
Pages (from-to)84-89
Number of pages6
ISSN0002-9637
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Animals
  • Anopheles/parasitology
  • Chlorphentermine/analogs & derivatives
  • Humans
  • Insecticides/therapeutic use
  • International Cooperation
  • Malaria/drug therapy
  • Mali/epidemiology
  • Mosquito Vectors
  • Policy

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