Improving Malaria Interventions in Africa for the World Health Organization

Health/Infectious Diseases
Deployment of Malaria Prevention Interventions
World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization is the authority for health within the United Nations (UN), and it is responsible for providing leadership to all UN member nations on global health matters. Malaria is a significant problem in Africa, with over one million deaths though the disease is preventable. Countries and non-governmental organizations conduct prevention interventions, but there are few guidelines about how best to deploy scarce resources such as facilities, labor, insecticide and bednets. In this study, optimization models were built to maximize the reduction in risk under a limited budget, through a better location of distribution facilities and an optimal deployment plan, with Swaziland used as a pilot country. The estimated benefit of the systems approach is 20 – 70% over simple decision making models, with the potential for saving hundreds of thousands of lives across Africa.

* Project travel supported by the Bradley-Turner Servant Leadership funds from the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship

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