In Africa, malaria kills a child every other minute.
In Africa, malaria is the leading cause of death in young children. For the past decade, PATH has partnered with the Government of Zambia to control and eliminate the disease. Given the complexity of the disease and local infrastructure challenges, smart use of data has been the key to accelerating progress against this deadly disease. In 2015, 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.
Help us transform data into action to make malaria history
“A key intervention for us is the data. To identify and treat every last case of malaria, we must be able to see accurate, reliable data that tracks emerging transmission patterns. Then we can target communities and catchment areas where the parasite is hiding.”— Jeff Bernson, Chief Data Officer, PATH
Leveraging the power of collaboration to bring real-time data to the frontlines
To help eliminate malaria Tableau provided PATH with software, training, and support to empower frontline health workers with tools and resources they needed to respond to malaria outbreaks. Partnering with the global data community and volunteers, we have developed operational dashboards that help district health personnel understand where, when, and how to deploy intervention measures to ensure bednets reach the right places at the right times and expensive medications don’t expire on the shelf.
To scale our success, we recognized the need for additional technology solutions, including location insights and satellite imagery, automated workflow for data analytics, cloud-based communication capabilities, high-speed database solutions, storage services, and expertise in enhancing user experience.
Today, Visualize No Malaria includes eight private sector companies who collectively bring a diverse set of software solutions, talent, and knowledge, and who engage in a collaborative effort to address the capacity and infrastructure
needs that will enable countries like Zambia to take on the challenge of eliminating malaria.
Beyond malaria: visualize health intelligence.
In Zambia’s Southern Province, smart use of data resulted in a dramatic 92 percent decline in malaria-related deaths. Armed with data literacy and new tools, more than 3,200 frontline health workers now provide high-quality community care and serve as the foundation of Zambia’s malaria surveillance system. Marianne Soko, a 30 year old environmental health officer in the district of Itezhi-Tezhi, is on the frontline of Zambia’s fight against malaria. She uses Visualize No Malaria to support the National Malaria Elimination Center to deploy limited resources: insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor residual spray, rapid malaria tests and drugs. Visualize No Malaria has revolutionized how she uses data reports, which until recently were unreliable and sporadic.
“It’s an eye-opener, [with Visualize No Malaria] data validation, missing reports ... everything is at my fingertips. It’s just a click, then you have it all. You know where the hotspots are and where the data is missing. You have a true picture immediately. The way everything comes together, it’s a miracle.”— Marianne Soko, environmental health officer in the district of Itezhi-Tezhi
The potential impact of this powerful multisector approach extends beyond malaria elimination in Zambia: Now, the Visualize No Malaria initiative is committed to expanding and scaling malaria elimination efforts to other countries. This innovative model could also be applied to other health areas, revolutionizing how we fight disease worldwide.
We need you to help us eliminate malaria
The malaria elimination effort we have embarked on is an ambitious, exciting and promising initiative, but plenty of hurdles still remain. We are seeking partners that can work with us to address the needs of health workers, contribute technology solutions and talent, mobilize their communities, and commit to getting across the finish line together.
By bringing together diverse resources, expertise and new ideas, we can make malaria history. Become a part of our community and join us for the journey!