Dr. Ejersa Waqo, Head of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in Kenya, centre and Dr Rebecca Kiptui on the right with the LINK programme team during a visit to the programme on 24th January 2017, discuss the Kenyan timeline that highlights the progress made on malaria control in Kenya.
Second picture: Dr Jacky Kisia and Dr Rebecca Kiptui of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) discuss the Kenyan timeline with members of the LINK programme team.
On 23-24 January 2017, the LINK programme held its first full team meeting hosted by Professor Bob Snow in Nairobi, Kenya. This was a valuable opportunity for the London and Nairobi-based team members to meet for an update on the programme and to jointly plan activities going forward. In the first quarter of 2017, LINK will be working to develop profiles with National Control Malaria Programmes (NMCPs) in Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Uganda.
While in Nairobi, the team also presented one of its major project outputs, a national timeline of malaria key events, to the Kenya National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP). The Kenyan timeline illustrates the history of malaria from 1910 to 2015 and the progress that the NMCP has made.
The LINK programme is a 4-year DFID-funded collaboration between London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust in partnership with the WHO African regional office. Its aim is to develop and support the use of malaria epidemiological profiles in sub-Saharan Africa and to increase the use of data to guide policy and operational decisions. LINK is led by Dr Caroline Lynch (LSHTM) and Professor Bob Snow (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust).
The Kenyan timeline below, illustrates the history of malaria from 1910 to 2015 and the progress that the NMCP has made.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and INFORM have been awarded a 4.2 million GBP grant by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to strengthen the use of data for malaria decision making in 14 high malaria burden countries in Africa over a four year period. This work builds on a pilot project by INFORM and funded by DFID in 2013-2014 that developed comprehensive malaria epidemiological and control profiles for Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.
We will soon advertise for the positions of Regional Programme Officers and Post-Doctoral Research Scientists on the LSHTM-INFORM project.