Malaria transmission and the impact of control efforts in Southern and Central Africa (Southern & Central Africa ICEMR)
The overall goals of the Southern and Central Africa ICEMR are to study barriers to malaria control and elimination and inform national strategies. These challenges are addressed in low, moderate, and high transmission settings in the region.
Through integrated studies of malaria epidemiology and vector bionomics in three different transmission settings in Zambia and Zimbabwe, our group developed detailed understanding of the drivers of malaria transmission at each site, identified key barriers to control and elimination, and informed policy decisions to improve control strategies. We will build upon the infrastructure, expertise and relationships developed by the Southern Africa ICEMR over the past six years to further advance malaria control and elimination in a critical geographic expanse, extending from a setting of highly seasonal malaria transmission in eastern Zimbabwe on the border with Mozambique, through the pre-elimination setting in southern Zambia, to the high transmission settings in northern Zambia and southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The research questions are addressed using a multidisciplinary approach that combines epidemiology, entomology, parasite genomics, serology, spatial sciences, and modeling in each of the three transmission settings.