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Examining Use Of Technology In Malaria Control Efforts

“Funding by [the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)] and other stakeholders, together with the leadership of the Zanzibar Malaria Control Program (ZMCP), has resulted in a dramatic decrease in malaria prevalence in Zanzibar,” Lenna Neat, technical program manager for RTI International, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” as part of a series highlighting the agency’s work in global health. “Through the USAID-funded Tanzania Vector Control Scale-Up Program, RTI International has worked closely with the ZMCP and PMI to develop Coconut Surveillance, a mobile application that builds on the Malaria Early Epidemic Detection System (MEEDS),” she notes. “Opportunities exist to expand on the lessons learned from these technology-based activities in malaria programs and introduce them as solutions to other global health projects that encounter similar challenges,” she continues, adding, “The value added by these tools offers the opportunity to greatly increase efficiency, accuracy, and impact across the global health spectrum” (5/3).