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Newsletter | February 2023
Research projects

Research that saves lives

Research underpins the coordinated global effort to tackle preventable diseases like malaria and pneumonia – the leading causes of death among the most vulnerable populations globally.

Malaria Consortium has always invested in research and consider it a foundation stone - alongside our partnerships - in enabling us to implement cost-effective, equitable and sustainable programmes that reduce disease burden and promote universal health coverage.

As we enter the mid-way point of our five-year strategy, we're highlighting some of the ways in which our rigorous operational, clinical, health system and health service-focused research is shaping policy and practice as it is utilised by governments, health workers, academic institutions and communities to help save lives in Africa and Asia. Read on to find out more...
Photo story
The study seeks to determine whether previous infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus could potentially increase the risk of malaria infection – either through persistent inflammation post-SARS-CoV-2 infection, as a result of damage to specific tissues targeted by both pathogens, or through ecological, epidemiological, or even sociological factors that increase the probability of exposure to both pathogens.

Whilst COVID-19 infections continue to occur globally, malaria also remains a significant public health concern across Africa and Asia – causing the preventable deaths of around 627,000 people in 2020. In sub-Saharan Africa, where previous gains in malaria burden reduction have more recently stalled, any possible increase in the risk of contracting malaria would be a major additional challenge.
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"Whether you’re male or female, once you have figured out your passion for something, I think you should be allowed to pursue it."

— Prof Linda Eva Amoah, Senior Researcher, University of Ghana

To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we spoke to two partners about their experiences as women working in the field of science.

With less than 30 percent of the world’s researchers being women, this global day of action focuses attention on gender equality – recognising and strengthening the critical role that women and girls play in science and technology fields and better understanding the factors that can deter women from pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and how these are being overcome.
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Latest news

Mother gives malaria treatment to daughter

Research shows improved malaria treatment is the most cost-effective approach to improving health outcomes in children

Mozambique has the fourth-highest number of malaria cases in the world. A study published in Malaria Journal finds that improvements in malaria treatment is the most cost-effective way to improve health outcomes of under-fives in the country.
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From our blog

Community dialogue

Where do we go next with social and behaviour change communication?

Community-led conversations about health deepen connections and bring data to life. Integrating social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) approaches into programmes has never been more important in achieving change.
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Our publications

Project report: Strengthening community-based malaria prevention and surveillance interventions Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia

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In Boloso Sore and Damot Sore districts of Wolaita zone in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), Ethiopia, coverage and use of malaria vector control interventions was found to be low.

This project contributed to the sustained reduction of malaria morbidity and the severity of the disease. It focused on strengthening the management and technical capacity of the primary healthcare units to maintain high coverage and the use of high-impact anti-malaria interventions.
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Trained health workers

Infographic: Providing essential healthcare services in South Sudan

See the highlights from the first three years of implementing a five-year project in South Sudan that seeks to reduce morbidity and mortality through increased access to integrated maternal, newborn and child health services.
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Have your say

Arboviruses in Africa survey
Malaria Consortium and Resilience Against Future Threats (RAFT) are working together on learning exchanges to scale institutional capacity for the control of arboviruses – a growing threat in Africa. Now, we want to hear from you.

What are the current knowledge gaps in arbovirus (and vector) research in Africa? We would like to identify priority topics for the next RAFT “arboviruses in Africa” webinar series. Have your say here! The survey is open until 7 March 2023.
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