CLIMATE CHANGE IS COMPLICATING EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE MALARIA AROUND THE WORLD
According to the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, “Climate Change 2022”
In East and Southern Africa, 50-62 million people will be risk of malaria by the 2030s, and 196-198 million more at risk by the 2080s.
In South Asia the population at risk of malaria infection is estimated to increase by 134 million by 2030.
A GLOBAL CENTER OF EXCELLENCE AT THE NEXUS OF MALARIA, CLIMATE, AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
The Institute for Malaria and Climate Solutions is a virtual center of excellence established to advance the discipline of climate-informed malaria prediction and planning, and to support its integration in malaria control programs worldwide. IMACS brings together the foremost researchers and practitioners at the nexus of malaria, climate, and technology, creating a global network of experts in malaria early warning systems and other prediction and precision planning tools.
IMACS’ Three Pillars of Action
Innovation & Original Research
NETWORK & KNOWLEDGE DISSEMINATION
IMPLEMENTATION SUPPORT SERVICES
MALARIA PREDICTION AND PLANNING TOOLKIT (MPPT)
IMACS’ first innovation is a sophisticated malaria prediction and planning toolkit currently being demonstrated in India. This new technology application combines multiple sources of complex and dynamic data, applies advanced modeling techniques, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and produces easy-to-use visual interpretations for malaria program managers in various roles within the health system – all to improve decision-making in support of malaria elimination. The MPPT is now ready for replication in other geographies, through a process of adaptation and integration to the local context.
The IMACS Malaria Prediction and Planning Toolkit and dashboard contain multiple elements, including:
Weather InfoHigh resolution data and forecasts for temperature, humidity, precipitation, and other relevant information
Malaria MapsGranular mapping of malaria incidence, hotspots, and risk stratification
Monitoring ToolkitUser-friendly dashboards for monitoring supply chains, service, and program delivery
Fever caremHealth app for real-time fever detection, tracking, and management
Malaria IntellibotAI-based natural language processing bot for user-interaction
An Expert Network and Scientific Advisory Board
Advancing the discipline of climate-informed malaria prediction and planning through:
Discussion of new research and findings
Harmonization of methodology and terminology
Collaboration opportunities for joint research
News sharing and knowledge dissemination
Routine networking and information exchange
On-the-ground practical deployment
The technical assistance phases of support are:
Needs assessmentAssessment of the current malaria control program, data availability, and local technical capacity
RecommendationsIdentification of medium- and long-term opportunities to strengthen prediction and planning
Implementation PlanTranslating recommendations into practical work plans and resource requirements
Enabling environmentData sharing agreements, intersectional solutions, and other support structures