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Ending deaths from malaria has always been our primary focus, but the only way to ensure we're rid of malaria permanently is to eliminate the disease's parasites. Malaria program managers and researchers are working hard to solve the "last mile" challenges of malaria elimination, including detecting very low levels of the parasite in people, and new ways of breaking the human-mosquito transmission cycle.
FUTURE TOOLS AND STRATEGIES
The malaria parasite and the mosquitoes carrying it keep adapting - and we need to keep evolving how we fight them. Public-private research partnerships are currently developing the tools of the future, including a malaria vaccine, more sensitive diagnostic tests, new drugs, and innovative ways of controlling mosquitoes. Governments and their partners are also working on strategies to implement existing and new tools in even more efficient ways.
Data from a study using mobile phone records to track how Kenyans (unknowingly) transport malaria from highly endemic areas around the country. View the study here.
MOBILE & DATA
To move from malaria control to elimination, existing and new tools need to be paired with better disease surveillance, stronger primary healthcare services in rural areas, increased engagement of at-risk populations, and more efficient targeting of interventions – all of which can be addressed by mobile tools and the data they can capture, transfer and apply. Malaria research is at the cutting edge of the field of "mobile health" ("mHealth"), with applications to do everything from confirming the authenticity of antimalarial drugs to understanding how migration patterns impact malaria.