Malaria

Since 1998, RTI has been partnering with U.S. and multilateral donors, host-country governments, and private-sector stakeholders to scale up the fight against malaria. We have worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to improve approaches to prevention, patient case management, and vector control, leveraging more than $350 million in funding to build sustainable platforms for country-led programs.

Our strengths lie in working with country counterparts to develop technical and operational strategies that build on structures in place, integrating training and capacity building based on best-practice evidence of what works. We have also broken new ground in country-level malaria program planning and budgeting, disease surveillance, environmental management and monitoring, and community-based diagnosis and treatment.

We have implemented numerous malaria projects under the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative, as well as private-sector clients. We work closely with many partners, including:

  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • World Bank
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Roll Back Malaria
  • Private sector companies
  • Leading international universities and research institutes

Malaria Early Epidemic Detection System

We developed the Malaria Early Epidemic Detection System (MEEDS), an internationally acclaimed, state-of-the–art tool necessary to maintain gains from IRS, bednet, and clinical programs. Using SMS (text messaging) technology to report malaria cases, MEEDS provides local public health officials with real-time information about malaria “hotspots,” allowing them to intervene and prevent resurgence of the disease.

Coconut Surveillance

Building on the early MEEDS success, RTI has worked closely with the Zanzibar Malaria Control Program to develop Coconut Surveillance (video), an open source mobile software application designed for use on tablet computers by district malaria officers. Coconut Surveillance receives new case notifications from MEEDS. Each district malaria officer uses Coconut Surveillance to follow up each new case by collecting data at the facility and household level. Data include information on the index case, the GPS location and other characteristics of the household, and demographic information and malaria test results for all other household members. Coconut Surveillance syncs health data to a cloud database as soon as the device is within the network. This enables near real-time monitoring, analysis, and response.