Innovative Malaria M&E Research and Surveillance towards Elimination (IMMERSE)
IMMERSE is a five- year initiative that aims to provide technical support and guidance to national programmes, to develop methodologies and tools for M&E and surveillance. The project also aims to test and evaluate innovative methods to guide transition from malaria control to pre-elimination and elimination in resistance containment in low transmission settings
This project plans to support malaria surveillance in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) as well as:
- Develop and refine M&E and surveillance tools in order to assess the impact of existing interventions, monitor the short-term malaria burden and transmission trends and inform programmes on when to move from control to elimination strategies
- Monitor artemisinin and artemisinin combination therapy resistance using innovative approaches
- Conduct operational research to assess country-specific feasibility of malaria active case detection interventions, evaluation of innovative delivery mechanisms to target hard to reach populations and point of care diagnostics
- Promote use of strategic available information by local and national policy makers and programme planners to ensure information of strategic importance is disseminated and shared among practitioners in GMS and sub-Saharan Africa, and that best practices are harmonised in the region
Following significant reduction in the burden of malaria over the last decade in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), malaria elimination is being reconsidered as a feasible long-term goal. Several national malaria control programmes have endorsed National Malaria Strategic Plans for malaria elimination but lack clear guidance on the technical, operational and monitoring requirements for reaching this goal.
As malaria continues to decline in the region, intensive and sustained efforts remain imperative. In September 2013, Malaria Consortium began the Innovative Malaria M&E, Research and Surveillance towards Elimination (IMMERSE) project, a five-year initiative to continue strengthening monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and surveillance activities in the GMS.