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A web-based decision support system for malaria policy makers

Lead PI: Derek W. Willis

Unit Affiliation: Earth Clinic (EC)

July 2011 - December 2012
Inactive
Africa ; Sub-Saharan Africa ; Liberia ; Tanzania ; Ghana
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: African health officials lack easy access to publications and data on malaria and tools to translate this research into policy. A website has been developed to overcome these barriers, and this project aims to assist health officials in malarious countries in translating the information available on the site into the most appropriate anti-malaria programs for their countries.

OUTCOMES: 2011- 2012: The outcomes of this project include incorporating the ELINK framework as a decision support tool on the website and then collaborating with other domestic or international malaria control programs to evaluate the program. The first phase includes a series of interviews conducted with the respective managers of the different health institutions, which will determine preferences and user-friendly applications to interface on the website. Long-term outcomes will facilitate health officials to analyze the data quantitatively and qualitatively and create more effective health policies.

SPONSOR:

Earth Institute

RESEARCH TEAM:

Sabine Marx, Madeleine Thomson

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLABORATORS:

International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS:

Princeton University

KEYWORDS

evolutionary learning through the integrated networking of knowledge global health anti-malaria programs malaria policy