Africa is experiencing an overall decline in the risk of malaria infection that appears to have started before, but accelerated after, the massive scale up of interventions since the launch of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. However, this epidemiological transition has not been the same across countries or even within national borders.
The reasons for the transition are complex and require careful investigation, but the resultant changes in risk that populations are exposed to, have important implications for the future control of malaria in the region. At a time when global funding for malaria control is reducing how countries use epidemiological evidence is critical for efficient, effective and equitable malaria control.
INFORM was established as an African initiative to harness the combined effort of national malaria control programmes, researchers and other regional partners to assemble and package malaria information for evdience-based, national malaria control planning. INFORM works with national partners and governments to build layers of data on malaria transmission and incidence, human settlement, health decision making units, vector species occurrence, seasonal rainfall metrics, health service location and current versus past intervention coverage. These multi-layered data provide a powerful decision-making platform.
INFORM is based within the Spatial Health Metrics Group, Department of Public Health Research, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Nairobi. INFORM is funded by the Wellcome Trust through grant funding to Dr Abdisalan M Noor (# 095127) and Professor Bob Snow (# 079080) and project funding by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK government. Between 2013-2014, INFORM was involved in the development of malaria epidemiological and control profiles for nine countries with funding from DFID (DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda) and PMI (Kenya).
This work has now been extended to 14 African countries for the next four years with funding from DFID. This work will be led by a consortium of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Lead Applicant Prof David Schellenberg) and INFORM (Lead Applicant Dr Abdisalan M Noor).
The INFORM website is under development on http://www.inform-malaria.org
The INFORM team have worked in the region for over 20 years and recognize the importance of ensuring ownership of national research data by national institutions and building the capacity
and partnerships at country-levels to use these data to inform control policy. The team is made up of: Abdisalan M Noor – Director, Bob Snow Senior Scientific Advisor , Victor Alegana Geostatistics, Caroline Kabaria Spatial Analysis, Damaris Kinyoki – Geostatistics, Eliud Kibuchi – Geostatistics, Francis Oloo Spatial Analysis, Bernard Mitto Spatial Analysis, David Kyalo Spatial Analysis, Gilbert Sang Spatial Analysis and Stella Kasura – Administration