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Joint efforts for the Elimination of Malaria in the Peruvian Amazon

Objectives

This study aimed to assess the feasibility of one standard treatment for uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax infections in the Peruvian Amazon. The field activities were carried out in border areas and native communities. Besides, the development of a genomic surveillance platform for drug resistance was developed in collaboration with ITM Antwerp and Cayetano University.

Principal Investigators / Focal Persons

Jean-Pierre Van Geertruyden

Rationale and Abstract

Malaria burden severely affects the population living in the Peruvian Amazon, which is also affected by low-living conditions. Currently, the Peruvian government has launched the Malaria Elimination program in the Amazon and requires evidence-based research to improve its program. Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana (UNAP) is the main university in the Peruvian Amazon and is looking to become a key role player on the development of the region by supporting this elimination initiative. The first steps of supporting UNAP becoming more active on research were initiated through a triangular collaboration between UNAP, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) and UAntwerp in 2016 (VLIR SI). Here by, we intend to continue and strengthen this collaboration by actively developing educational and research capacities on epidemiology, data analysis and population genetics at UNAP. Constant training through students/professors exchange, courses given by UAntwerp/UPCH professors at UNAP and joint research related to malaria elimination tools encircle the strategy proposed on this VLIR TEAM projecMalaria burden severely affects the Peruvian Amazon, which is worsened by low-living conditions. Currently the Peruvian government is starting the Malaria Elimination program in the Amazon and requires the research evidence to improve its program. UNAP is the main university in the Peruvian Amazon and is looking to become a key role player on the development of the region by supporting this elimination initiative. The first steps of supporting UNAP becoming more active on research were initiated trough a triangular collaboration between UNAP, UPCH and UAntwerp in 2016 (VLIR-OUS SI). Here by, we intend to continue and strengthen this collaboration by developing educational and research capacities on epidemiology, data analysis and population genetics at UNAP. Active and constant training through students/professors exchange, courses given by UAntwerp/UPCH professors at UNAP and joint research related to malaria elimination tools encircle the strategy proposed on this VLIR project.

Study Design

Longitudinal & cross-sectional

Date

Jan 2018 — Dec 2021

Total Project Funding

$419,251

Funding Details
VLIR-UOS, Belgium

EUR 350,000
Project Site

Peru

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