Malaria Economic Research Symposium at ASTMH 2016
On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the symposium session entitled, “Malaria Economic Research Priorities: Are We Supporting Program Scale Up Effectively?” was held at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Atlanta, GA. The symposium was sponsored by the HFG Project and PMI.
Malaria economics research (MER) provides critical information on the efficiency and multisectoral impact of malaria interventions. MER typically takes one of two approaches: (1) broad and generalizable results (e.g. multi-country meta-analyses of interventions); and (2) local and specific results (e.g. a single country/setting study of a single malaria intervention). Whatever the approach, MER must inform users’ programmatic, resource allocation, and funding decisions for malaria. Given limited resources, funders and researchers must prioritize these economic analyses, ensuring that research funds are allocated effectively to answer the most pressing questions facing policymakers and programmers.
The session generated a lively discussion about the utility of different types of MER, and began with presentations of two recent economic research studies:
–A Roll Back Malaria-funded multi-country cost-benefit analysis to quantify the potential returns of investing to achieve the 2030 malaria goals, presented by Dr. Amadou Bah of Swiss TPH;
–A PMI-funded country-level analysis of the cost-effectiveness of malaria prevention and control intervention packages in Senegal, presented by Dr. Alioune Badara Gueye of Senegal’s National Malaria Control Program.
Presentations highlighted key findings, and how they address policymakers’ and programmers’ needs.
A moderated discussion followed, focusing on the questions:
-How do different audiences for MER react to different types of research?
-What types of decisions does each research type impact?
-How are country ownership and use impacted by type of research?
-How do the results of different types of research impact efficiency within malaria programs?
-How are research study costs affected by choice of type of MER study?
-Is effective resource mobilization for malaria control/elimination impacted by the MER approach?
Dr. Ibrahima Seck of the Institute for Health and Development (ISED) at Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar, Senegal and Dr. Ben Johns of the HFG Project joined as panel discussants.
Materials & Recording:
Part 1 Slides & Recording (Introduction by Dr. Sophie Faye. HFG Project):
Part 2 Recording (Remarks by Dr. Martin Alilio, PMI):
Part 3 Slides & Recording (Presentation by Dr. Bah, Swiss TPH):
Dr. Bah’s Presentation
Part 4 Slides & Recording (Presentation by Dr. Gueye, Senegal NMCP):
Dr. Gueye’s Presentation
Part 5 Slides & Recording (Remarks by Dr. Seck, ISED/UCAD):
Dr. Seck’s Slide
Part 6 Slides & Recording (Remarks by Dr. Johns, HFG Project):
Dr. Johns’ Slide
Part 7 Recording (Discussion):