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VIDEO: How digital maps and data are accelerating the fight against malaria

April 24, 2019 by PATH

The Government of Zambia, PATH, and a coalition of technology partners are using data visualization and high tech mapping to help eliminate malaria.

For the past decade, PATH has partnered with the Government of Zambia to control and eliminate malaria. In 2015, they gained a new ally in the fight—digital data. PATH teamed up with the Tableau Foundation to launch Visualize No Malaria—an initiative focused on integrating new tools and systems for data use to support Zambia’s Ministry of Health in their effort to bring the malaria incidence rate down to zero.

“Maps have been a game-changer for us in terms of time management and allocation of resources,” said Kafula Silumbe, a senior program officer in PATH’s Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa.

Prior to the Visualize No Malaria initiative, PATH and the Zambian government had to rely on hand-written data in spreadsheets. Silumbe continued, “It was difficult, and leading us to a situation where you keep going to the same areas thinking that you’re actually having an impact, when in actual fact you have missed some areas because you can’t visualize where those areas are.”

Today, Visualize No Malaria has grown to include eight technology and services companies all working together toward a shared goal—eliminating malaria once and for all.

On this World Malaria Day 2019, PATH's VNM partners announced a $4.3 million commitment to help us accelerate malaria elimination in up to six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Read the press release.

A deeper dive

Visualize No Malaria is a groundbreaking initiative to solve one of the world’s most challenging health problems—ending malaria for good.

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