Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) in Ghana

Malaria remains a leading cause of global ill health, causing an estimated 216 million cases of clinical malaria and 655 thousand deaths in 2010, of which more than 85% of malaria cases and 90% of malaria deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. Across the Sahel sub-region of sub-Saharan Africa, most childhood malaria mortality and morbidity occurs… Read more

Malaria control in schools in Mali: Results from a Cluster Randomized Control Trial in Sikasso Region, Mali

The goal of the national Malaria control programme in Mali is to reduce malaria related morbidity and mortality by 80% by 2015 from 2005 rates, by ensuring: universal coverage of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) and prompt diagnosis and treatment of malaria; and by developing community-based interventions to bring prevention, diagnosis and treatment closer… Read more

Price Subsidies, Diagnostic Tests, and Targeting of Malaria Treatment: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial

Both under- and over-treatment of communicable diseases are public bads. But efforts to decrease one run the risk of increasing the other. Using rich experimental data on household treatment-seeking behavior in Kenya, we study the implications of this tradeoff for subsidising life-saving antimalarials sold over-the-counter at retail drug outlets. We show that a very high… Read more

Zoonoses in Ghana

Recently, I visited Ghana as part of the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium which is focused on zoonoses, animal diseases which can be passed on to humans. During the trip, other partners in the Consortium and I conducted some planning and fieldwork, including participatory mapping, the work being led by the Ghana team…. Read more

Neil Squires (DFID) talking at ISNTD Coinfections meeting

This audio recording is of Dr. Neil Squires, Head of Profession for Health at DFID, talking at The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) Coinfections meeting in February 2013. The ISNTD Coinfections meeting was aiming for multidisciplinary progress in global healthcare by exploring the implications of coinfection between NTDs and other communicable diseases, and… Read more

Malaria and Rapid Diagnostic Tests

Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) do not require a laboratory or any special equipment; they are simple to use and can give results as a simple positive/negative result within 15 minutes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), RDTs are adequate to diagnose malaria in febrile patients. RDTs have better sensitivity and specificity than routine microscopy… Read more

Social Marketing of Insecticide Treated Bednets (ITNs) in Kenya: Project Completion Review

In 2001, DFID made an accountable grant to Population Services International-Kenya, to begin the social marketing of untreated mosquito nets (Supanet) bundled with a liquid insecticide treatment (KO-Tab). Since then, the programme has had five further DFID grants. The impact of these efforts on malaria in Kenya has been dramatic. Malaria admissions to hospitals in… Read more


This report looks at the strategies for trachoma control. Trachoma is endemic in more than 50 countries with more than 80% of the burden concentrated in 14 countries, and predominantly in the savannah areas of East and Central Africa and the Sahel of West Africa. Nearly 110 million people live in areas where trachoma is… Read more

DFID Support to the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases: The Context

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) have tended to receive little attention because of the once-widespread assumption that people at risk of NTDs experience relatively little morbidity, and that these diseases have low rates of mortality. These views have been comprehensively refuted (WHO 2010a). NTDs have a substantial health and economic burden on poor populations. They cause… Read more

Malaria: breaking the cycle, Consultation report

The Department for International Development (DFID) conducted a public consultation to seek inputs into its Malaria Business Plan. The Business Plan is part of the UK’s commitments to Millennium Development Goal six. The 12-week consultation took place in 2010. It gathered views from UK and international experts and the public through an interactive website, individual… Read more

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