Presentation on theme: "The Multilateral Initiative on Malaria IT - Connectivity a Vital Tool for Research in Africa Andreas Heddini, MD, PhD Secretariat Coordinator Stockholm."— Presentation transcript:
The Multilateral Initiative on Malaria IT - Connectivity a Vital Tool for Research in Africa Andreas Heddini, MD, PhD Secretariat Coordinator Stockholm Sweden
What is the MIM? An international alliance of organizations aiming to strengthen malaria research capacity in endemic countries Science as a vehicle for capacity building and control
MIM Objectives To build malaria research capacity and strengthen research in endemic countries To promote global communication and cooperation to avoid duplication of effort and maximize impact To ensure that research findings are applied to malaria treatment, control, health policies To raise international public awareness of the problem of malaria
History and Evolution of MIM Investment in malaria research is low relative to the burden of disease Need to strengthen capacity in Africa Launched in 1997 in Dakar, Senegal
Evaluation Quantifiable Site Growth Indicators: – Number of proposals written – Number of proposals funded – Number of papers written – Number of people working at site – Number of computers on site – Number of conference presentations – Site budget
Fundamental Considerations Can IT intervention make a difference in the morbidity & mortality of malaria Is the goal more dots on a map or a change in health? Is the network an internet café or a scientific tool? How do we use the tool? Expanding the network What actions need to be performed in order to reach the desired outcome (better health)?
Future New technologies to meet the needs of the scientific community Research networks Bioinformatics, databases, data mining tools Distance learning Linkage with other institutions - international and in Africa Increased access to medical/scientific journals New sites
Future II Promote African leadership of central management functions of the network –Identify strong institutions and talented individuals –Providing means to increase relevant skills –Administer technical aspects
Research Networks Document archive with document history and version management, Project calendar where project members may add milestones, create meetings and send out invitations to the members and contacts involved, Tool for planning and tracking where project members may create, assign and prioritize work tasks as well as create time and status reports,
Research Networks II Shared list of contacts where project members may create contact journals, Discussion forum
Malaria Research Network Enhanced Connectivity directly to the satellite or via ISP Information Resources Training IT Workshops PI Workshops Searching/Information access Tools Websites FTP servers Agents Caching Evaluation Quantitative/Qualitative End to End Network Performance Research Agendas Antimalaria Drug Resistance Network Severe Malaria in African Children Better Health
Medical Informatics Mali Malaria Research & Training Center Technical Advisors & Program Managers Ministry of Health Ghana Data District Level Research School of Public Health (Noguchi Inst.) Policy Makers
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