Oct 24, 2017

Two MCDI Abstracts on Malaria Diagnostics and Treatment Accepted to ASTMH Conference

MCDI's expertise in malaria diagnostics and treatment will be showcased at the 2017 American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting from November 5-9 in Baltimore, Maryland. Both the MalariaCare global project and the Accelerating the Reduction of Malaria Morbidity and Mortality (ARM3) project in Benin will be represented.

Dr. Pharath Lim, MCDI's Senior Health and M&E Manager for the USAID-funded MalariaCare project, authors an abstract titled "Lessons Learned: malaria diagnostic refresher training in Africa francophone countries", which details MalariaCare's experience in implementing five-day malaria diagnostic trainings (MDRT) for laboratory supervisors and staff in five francophone countries: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Guinea, Madagascar and Mali.

Lim concludes, based on the promising results of the 377 MDRT participants, that these trainings are an effective way of administering the WHO's recommendations for regular refresher training of reference level laboratory staff. Lim also suggests that more training needs to be done to bring all reference microscopists to a quality level of performance.

In Benin, the ARM3 project has been aiding in the implementation of a malaria supply chain management system which provided monthly supervision to health facilities in two districts for a nine month period in 2015. During these visits, Quality Improvement Teams collected information on malaria commodity availability, prescription data and pharmacy records. These monthly supervisory visits increased completeness of the Logistics Management Information System (LMIS), decreased the degree of discordance between prescriptions of malaria medicines and the quantity dispersed, and led to a decrease in stock-outs of malaria medicines. Benin National Malaria Control Program Chief of SPPV Adjibabi Cherifatou will be presenting the abstract on the reduction in malaria commodity stock-outs.

These abstracts provide evidence of MCDI's capacity building efforts around the world, helping to improve the diagnostic abilities of health facilities as well as their ability to provide adequate treatment to their patients with malaria.

In addition to MCDI's presence during scientific sessions, MCDI is also an exhibitor at this year's meeting. To follow along with MCDI's presence at this year's ASTMH Annual Meeting, follow MCDI on twitter @MCDITweets.

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