Digital Health Infrastructure: The Backbone of Surveillance for Malaria Elimination

Strong health information systems hold the key to ending malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion

by Steven Mellor, Jonathan Cox, Susann Roth et al.
Asian Development Bank Briefs No. 69, October 2016

12 pp. 799 kB

With malaria a significant public health threat in Asia and the Pacific, the race is on to eliminate the disease in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam have all detected growing resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapies, the last line of simple-to-use and effective malaria drugs. Achieving malaria elimination in the GMS will require robust systems for case reporting, investigation, and response in order to prevent the onward transmission of malaria. Information and communication technology (ICT) has a key role to play in this.

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