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Fighting Malaria with the Help of Digital Technologies

April 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Organized by ICT4D Conference Webinar Series

Fighting Malaria with the Help of Digital Technologies

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT



Over 3 billion people, nearly half of the global population, are at risk of contracting malaria; and each year, about half a million malaria sufferers die. The WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria (2015), a technical framework to guide malaria-endemic countries towards control and elimination, aims to reduce the disease by 90 percent by 2030. Digital health technologies used to track and predict the spread of malaria, are playing a crucial role in achieving this target.

Mobile health applications have rapidly grown in recent years, and so have global investments made towards digital health, including innovations such as mobile and web-based communication platforms, surveillance systems and data analysis tools for real-time decision making and evaluation of malaria interventions, and technologies to better support and train community health workers.

In an interactive discussion, this webinar, part of an ongoing series around ICT4D, will explore the current use cases of digital health innovations in malaria programs: remote-monitoring and tracking innovations, guidelines for user-friendly design, choosing the right technology partner, and scaling up malaria prevention initiatives. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and join the debate.

Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • Both within and across malaria-endemic countries, malaria burden can vary widely. How do digital solutions need to change or adapt to work best in malaria control settings versus malaria elimination settings?
  • The spatial epidemiology of malaria is incredible complex but critical to understanding the disease’s transmission and ways to combat it. How do we apply what we see, and learn through what can be quite involved spatial analyses of disease to implementation in a tangible, meaningful, and impactful way?
  • How open source tools and data can be used to support malaria elimination: Using remotely mapped buildings in OpenStreetMap and open source tools such as OpenDataKit and OpenMapKit, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) conducted fieldwork in Botswana and Guatemala in 2018.
  • How are local governments integrating new technologies into their current interventions?
  • How to select the right technology partners?
  • How to manage and evaluate the technical partnership, esp. when scaling up a malaria prevention initiative?
  • What are the future trends in using digital innovations to fight malaria globally?

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April 16, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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ICT4D Conference Webinar Series