Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Consultation date: 04 June 2014

Malaria elimination strategy

CHAI provides direct management and technical support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs, reduce the burden of this disease and accelerate progress towards sustainable malaria elimination.

CHAI's research activities are designed to help its partner malaria programs make evidence-based decisions about how to achieve maximal impact from the limited resources available to them. Often, CHAI does not directly conduct research projects itself, but instead acts as an interface between academic groups and national malaria programs to facilitate the implementation of policy-relevant operations research. CHAI also manages some operational research projects – particularly those with aggressive timeframes – in house. Research projects will only be undertaken or supported by CHAI if they directly inform policy decisions and support health programs, are timely, and have the potential for transformative impact.

CHAI is currently directly implementing operational research activities in ten countries (Cambodia, Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) with the aims of identifying optimal means of improving access to confirmatory diagnosis, treatment, and seasonal chemoprophylaxis and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination. CHAI additionally engages in operationally-oriented data analytics activities in nearly all of the 20 countries where it is actively supporting malaria programs.

Over the next few years, CHAI's elimination-focused operational research activities will be concentrated on:

  • Mapping areas of current and potential malaria transmission to target resources in high risk foci
  • Quantifying the risk of parasite movement through human mobility to identifying places highly connected and implement the most effective control strategies accordingly
  • Strengthening passive surveillance systems including improving access to diagnostic and treatment
  • Supporting implementation of active surveillance in areas of unknown or high malaria risk.

Leading 11 project(s)


Partnering on 18 project(s)

Apr 2012 to Mar 2017

Rapid Access Expansion 2015 programme (RAcE 2015)

Dec 2012 to Dec 2016

Improving severe malaria outcomes