Research is central to our work and essential to improving health and healthcare delivery. We conduct research in a range of locations, transmission settings and health systems to develop and test new approaches and products as well as to learn from and improve our work in the prevention and control of various diseases. We use what we learn to ensure that our practical findings and research results are effectively communicated and contribute to the coordinated improvement of access to and quality of healthcare.
Our research into malaria, as well as other diseases and conditions, has direct relevance and links to implementation of global and national control strategies. It serves to provide evidence and strengthen the quality of programmes and contribute to wider understanding of the issues. Most of our projects have research components that build on existing activities and approaches in line with our focus on promoting evidence-based interventions. All of our research activities are integrated with the national health priorities of the countries where we operate.
Our research also includes testing of innovative technologies and methods of disease prevention, particularly in vector control. We support the maintenance of a sentinel surveillance system to monitor the efficacy of anti-malarial drugs and provide evidence to support policy change.
We also carry out a range of operational research studies with partners, national surveys, and disease control programme reviews. We frequently conduct surveys of knowledge, perceptions and behaviour related to use of malaria commodities in the populations that we serve. Other studies explore the changing epidemiological landscape of disease transmission to tailor interventions to suit local context better. We also engage in policy analysis and development at a global and regional level based on evidence from our country programmes.
Malaria Consortium’s research objectives include:
By pursuing these objectives and planning for research uptake from the beginning of every project, we are able to turn knowledge into practice, identify and fill knowledge gaps, develop new tools, and improve our understanding of health systems and the context in which they operate.