Project Title: MalariaCare
MalariaCare is a five-year, $50 million global malaria program awarded in 2012 by USAID/PMI. MCDI is the lead malaria diagnostics sub-partner to PATH, with other sub-partners including PSI and Save the Children. MalariaCare seeks 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, through MalariaCare, builds 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.
Countries: Burundi, DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia
Partners: PATH (prime organization), Population Services International (PSI) and Save the Children.