Malaria elimination strategy
FIND is dedicated to deliver the malaria diagnostic tools necessary for the world to reduce malaria as a public health burden and ultimately fulfil its goal of eradication. FIND’s work on malaria includes both development of new tools and improvements to the implementation and quality assurance schemes for tools that are already available.
Over the past years, FIND’s work on malaria diagnostics has been mostly driven by the eradication agenda. In line with the malERA Consultative Group’s conclusions on research needs for malaria diagnostics, the two priority areas of FIND are:
• Management of very low transmission and elimination
• Improvement of case management
Management of very low transmission and elimination.
FIND, in collaboration with other partners, is working on developing new high sensitivity RDT, identifying serological markers for Plasmodium vivax infections, developing a high throughput LAMP assay that can be used to screen a high number of samples, and incorporating LAMP in strategies for detecting asymptomatic cases.
Improvement of case management
A number of projects are currently being carried out in this area, which include: quality control tools for RDTs at multiple stages of the supply chain, development of guidelines to improve the use of RDTs, evaluation of RDTs for ante-natal screening, and improvements in RDT technologies.
Currently, FIND’s projects that are relevant to malaria elimination are being carried out with partners in a number of countries around the globe: Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Germany, Malaysia, Namibia, Peru, Philippines, PNG, Senegal, Swaziland, Thailand, Uganda, UK, US, Vietnam and Zanzibar.