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In 2021, we produced a record 79 non-peer-reviewed publications that reflect Malaria Consortium’s impressive and varied portfolio of work. We have not only been able to grow our translated content – with a quarter of this year’s crop of publications available in either French or Portuguese – but we also introduced interactive publications to our offering.

Below, we share our top reads, highlighting some of the innovative research and learning that characterised our work in 2021. To explore our full range of publications, visit our library and interactive hub.

Our most downloaded publication

Our most downloaded publication in 2021 was our Project brief, ‘Evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on malaria and other infectious diseases in Uganda: Understanding comorbidities. ‘This project seeks to understand the burden chiefly of malaria (but also of TB and HIV/AIDS) among patients with COVID-19, and to assess the clinical consequences of potential interactions.

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Publications team picks

Focus on the project

Our publications team have selected our project brief, ‘Improving access to malaria case management for conflict-affected populations in Cameroon’, giving an overview of the operational research project led by Reach Out Cameroon, which will develop and evaluate context-specific, community-based interventions to improve access to effective malaria case management services for internally displaced persons and host communities in the Southwest and Littoral regions.

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Focus on the Learnings

We also selected our Learning paper, ‘Implementing mass campaigns during a pandemic: What we learnt from supporting seasonal malaria chemoprevention during COVID-19’. To minimise the risk of  infection and maintain essential malaria services, 2020 SMC campaigns were implemented using strict infection prevention and control (IPC) measures based on Malaria Consortium and national IPC guidelines. This learning paper highlights our key learnings from implementing this life-saving intervention during the pandemic.

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We also chose our Learning brief, ‘Assessing the effect of the ‘zooming-in’ approach to improve malaria-related indicators: Lessons learnt from Uganda’, which highlights our learnings and recommendations from the project, led by USAID MAPD.

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Finally, to round off our top five publications of 2021, we chose our Learning brief on ‘Implementing a community-based approach to indoor residual spraying to improve acceptance, cost-effectiveness and efficiency’. With support from the James Percy Foundation, we carried out a community-based IRS campaign in the districts of Boloso Sore and Damot Sore between March 2019 and February 2021. This learning brief captures our learning around the opportunities and challenges associated with a community-based IRS model.

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That’s it for our top five publications of 2021! You can keep up-to-date with our latest publications by signing up to the newsletter.