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BLOG: Why understanding local transmission and nurturing partnerships can be key to eliminating malaria in Africa

Feb. 1, 2022
BLOG: Why understanding local transmission and nurturing partnerships can be key to eliminating malaria in Africa
Anopheles mosquito. PHOTO | FILE

We start the month with this interesting article in our blog – which gives an account of selected malaria vaccines and medical interventions pursued by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Ifakara Health Institute and other partners from 1943-2021.

The article has been co-authored by incumbent Ifakara Chief Executive Director, Dr. Honorati Masanja and his predecessor, Dr. Salim Abdulla from Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania along with their counterparts Dr. Lukas Meier and Giovanni Casagrande from the Swiss TPH, Switzerland.

The articles discussion is centered on the institutional transformation that organizations went through – and for that case all tropical research institutes must undergo in order to be successful – that’s from colonial and postcolonial times to a deeper understanding of infection biology and finally to public health interventions benefiting populations.

The authors give three pre-requisites for this transformation to be successful: emphasizing on the importance of having a fundamental understanding of local transmission; building and nurturing relationships with partner institutions; and developing a coherent research portfolio.

Read the article: A brief history of selected malaria vaccines and interventions in Africa 1943-2021.