MCD Inc.

Malaria Control and Elimination

Project Title: MalariaCare


MalariaCare is a five-year, $50 million global malaria program awarded in 2012 by USAID/PMI that was completed in 2017. MCDI was the lead malaria diagnostics sub-partner to PATH, with other sub-partners including PSI and Save the Children. MalariaCare sought to improve and promote accurate diagnosis of malaria in priority countries by facilitating expansion of parasitological testing through malaria microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests. MCDI is currently a sub-recipient to PSI for the follow-on contract, IMPACT Malaria, which will run until 2022.


MCDI, through MalariaCare, built on the capacity building and supervision models successfully developed and refined under its immediate predecessor, IMaD (Improved Malaria Diagnostics): MDRT (Malaria Diagnostic Refresher Training) and OTSS (Outreach Training and Support Supervision). MDRT courses strengthen the skills of host country microscopists through theoretical and practical training. OTSS provides long-term, ongoing support and on-site training to strengthen diagnostic services in health facilities during regular supervisory visits. MDRT and OTSS are complemented by ECA (External Competency Assessment) of microscopists at WHO-accredited training venues, and support for the creation of malaria training slide archives.


  • During MalariaCare, MCDI supported the training of over 1,200 MDRT participants in 12 countries.
  • MCDI has supported National Archive of Malaria Slides (NAMS) development initiatives in the DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. MalariaCare archived over 40,000 malaria blood slides to be used for future training of laboratory technicians.
  • 575 malaria clinical and laboratory OTSS supervisor trainings conducted
  • Distributed job aides and standard operating procedures for malaria diagnosis at 944 health facilities
  • Proficiency testing schemes have been established to support malaria microscopy quality assurance (QA) in Ghana, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

Countries: Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia

Partners: PATH Population Services International (PSI) and Save the Children.

Funder: USAID/PMI

Duration: 2012-2017


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