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Our approach

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. 

All our research activities are integrated with the national health priorities of the countries where we operate. We ensure that our practical findings and research results are effectively communicated and contribute to the 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 that can strengthen the quality of programmes and contribute to a broader 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.  

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 systems to monitor the efficacy of certain interventions 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 and other health 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, as in our Beyond Garki project. 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: 

  • Determining the impact of interventions on target populations 
  • Exploring feasibility, acceptability and safety of projects in a local context 
  • Making interventions more efficient and of higher quality 
  • Understanding the cost implications of our activities 
  • Exploring barriers that disrupt access to or lead to low uptake of services 
  • Developing and testing practical solutions 
  • Integrating solutions into health systems and facilitating implementation 
  • Collecting population-based information on disease burdens to inform prevention and control strategies at national and local levels 

By pursuing these objectives and planning for research uptake from the beginning of every project, we are able to turn knowledge into policy and/or practice, identify and fill knowledge gaps, develop new tools, and improve our understanding of health systems and the context in which they operate. 

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