Supported by: Global Environment Facility (GEF),UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organization
MDAST is a product of a multi-year project entitled, “Malaria Decision Analysis Support Tool (MDAST): Evaluating Health, Social and Environmental Impacts and Policy Tradeoffs”. The aim of the project is to promote evidence-based, multi-sectoral malaria control policy-making in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, serving as a pilot for such a program in other malaria-prone countries. The project’s success is the product of strong partnerships among collaborators at the key project institutions: The Ministry of Health in Uganda, The Ministry of Health in Kenya, The National Institute of Medical Research in Tanzania, Duke University, and the University of Pretoria.
New MDAST Training Video: Rapid Diagnostic Tests and Artemisinin Combination Therapies
We have developed a new training video to demonstrate an MDAST example that considers the intervention of using artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) and rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). Go to the “Training Videos” section of the site to view the video.
Team Members Publish Article on Zanzibar’s Malaria Elimination Surveillance-Response System
As countries transition toward malaria elimination, malaria programs rely on surveillance–response systems, which are often supported by web- and mobile phone–based reporting tools. Such surveillance–response systems are interventions for elimination, making it important to determine if they are operating optimally. A metric to measure this by is timeliness. This study used a mixed-methods approach to investigate the response time of Zanzibar’s malaria elimination surveillance–response system, Malaria Case Notification (MCN). See full abstract in American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene:
MDAST Researchers Write Op-ed on Progress in the Fight Against Malaria
MDAST researchers Randall Kramer and Leonard Mboera have written an op-ed in which they highlight that malaria investments have saved millions of lives but more funding is needed to sustain these gains. Read the May 15, 2015 guest column here: http://allafrica.com/stories/201505081822.html
Randy Kramer Provides Background on MDAST at Stakeholder Workshop in Dar es Salaam
Randy Kramer presented on the rationale for and background on MDAST at a workshop held with key stakeholders at the National Institute for Medical Research Headquarters in Dar es Salaam on December 4-5, 2014. Go to the “Training Videos” section of the site to view the video.
An Introduction to the MDAST Interface and Structure
Zachary Brown explains about the MDAST interface and structure at a stakeholder workshop in Dar es Salaam on December 4, 2014. This presentation provides a good basic introduction to MDAST. Go to the “Training Videos” section of the site to view the video.
MDAST Demonstration & Training in Dar es Salaam
MDAST was highlighted at a malaria research dissemination workshop and training held with key stakeholders at the National Institute for Medical Research Headquarters in Dar es Salaam on December 4-5, 2014. Participants learned about and received hands-on training in the use of a modified tool incorporating Tanzania-specific parameters. The National Malaria Control Programme was well-represented, with other participants coming from Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, district-level offices, WHO, and research institutions.
Participants of the MDAST training
Recent Publication in Malaria Journal “Factors influencing malaria control policy-making in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania” http://www.malariajournal.com/content/13/1/305
Extended MDAST Demonstration: IRS Example
This extended demonstration led by Dr. Dohyeong Kim uses MDAST to examine alternative IRS strategies, and represents one of the exercises that MDAST stakeholders engaged in during the training session of the MDAST 2012 Workshops in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Go to the “Training Videos” section of the site to view the video.
MDAST Demonstration: LLIN Example
This example briefly demonstrates the use of MDAST to look at alternative LLIN strategies, and represents one of the exercises that MDAST stakeholders engaged in during the training session of the MDAST 2012 Workshops in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Go to the “Training Videos” section of the site to view the video.