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Fighting Malaria with the Help of Digital Technologies

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Over 3 billion people, nearly half of the global population, are at risk of contracting malaria; and each year, about half a million malaria sufferers die. The WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria (2015), a technical framework to guide malaria-endemic countries towards control and elimination, aims to reduce the disease by 90 percent by 2030. Digital health technologies used to track and predict the spread of malaria, are playing a crucial role in achieving this target.

Mobile health applications have rapidly grown in recent years, and so have global investments made towards digital health, including innovations such as mobile and web-based communication platforms, surveillance systems and data analysis tools for real-time decision making and evaluation of malaria interventions, and technologies to better support and train community health workers.

In an interactive discussion, this webinar, part of an ongoing series around ICT4D, will explore the current use cases of digital health innovations in malaria programs: remote-monitoring and tracking innovations, guidelines for user-friendly design, choosing the right technology partner, and scaling up malaria prevention initiatives. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and join the debate.

Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • Both within and across malaria-endemic countries, malaria burden can vary widely. How do digital solutions need to change or adapt to work best in malaria control settings versus malaria elimination settings?
  • The spatial epidemiology of malaria is incredible complex but critical to understanding the disease's transmission and ways to combat it. How do we apply what we see, and learn through what can be quite involved spatial analyses of disease to implementation in a tangible, meaningful, and impactful way?
  • How open source tools and data can be used to support malaria elimination: Using remotely mapped buildings in OpenStreetMap and open source tools such as OpenDataKit and OpenMapKit, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) conducted fieldwork in Botswana and Guatemala in 2018.
  • How are local governments integrating new technologies into their current interventions?
  • How to select the right technology partners?
  • How to manage and evaluate the technical partnership, esp. when scaling up a malaria prevention initiative?
  • What are the future trends in using digital innovations to fight malaria globally?

Speakers

Annie Martin, Research Lead, Akros

Nathan Barthel, Senior Manager, ICT4D Business Development & Program Design, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Jess Beutler, Project Manager and Technical Advisor, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

Sarah Marks, Digital Health Strategies Specialist, Malaria Consortium

Derek Treatman, Director of Technology Solutions, Vital Wave

Moderator

Sonja Ruetzel, ICT4D Partnerships & Conference Manager, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

The 11th ICT4D Conference…

...will take place from April 30 to May 2, 2019 in Kampala, Uganda at the Speke Resort Munyonyo, with 300 conference sessions to choose from; followed by the practical ICT4D Training Day on May 3. Founded by Catholic Relief Services in 2010, The Global Digital Development Conference brings together 800+ representatives from public, private and civil society organizations to exchange insights on applying technology to development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. This years’ new conference track, led by NetHope and DAI Global, will focus on Responsible Data and Information Security in the humanitarian aid and development community. To learn more visit https://www.ict4dconference.org.

About the Speakers…

Annie Martin, Research Lead, Akros. Annie is a public health specialist with in-depth training and experience in quantitative analysis and a background in project management of digital health solutions. She joined Akros in 2016 after completing her master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She leads the Reveal team, which is focused on the development and implementation of a spatially-driven, in-field tools to improve the efficiency and impact of malaria surveillance efforts.

Nathan Barthel, Senior Manager, ICT4D Business Development & Program Design, Catholic Relief Services (CRS). He joined CRS in 2013 and currently is responsible for strategically integrating ICT4D into CRS business development activities. Prior to joining CRS Nate worked as IT project manager at the Kaizen Company, a DC based USAID contractor with extensive work in the Middle East.  He also worked at Grantium Inc. as Implementation Manager and MITRE Inc. as Communications Engineer.  Nate holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Bucknell University and a master's degree in foreign service (International Affairs) from Georgetown University. 

Jess Beutler, Project Manager and Technical Advisor, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). Jess provides support to HOT community programs around the world for training, GIS, and managing field operations. She has worked on the ground in Liberia, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana, and Guatemala, as well as supporting other projects remotely.

Sarah Marks, Digital Health Strategies Specialist, Malaria Consortium. Sarah is responsible for providing global oversight and management of the organisation’s digital health portfolio. Malaria Consortium focuses on providing technical advice to governments on the implementation of digital health strategies to strengthen disease surveillance and community-based primary healthcare. Sarah has a Masters degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Honours degree in Infectious Diseases from the University of Edinburgh.

Derek Treatman, is an engineer and ICT4D specialist with years of experience adapting information and communication technologies to meet the needs of local stakeholders. His work in complex, resource-poor settings has focused on applying readily available technologies to strengthen national systems. For example, at Vital Wave he supports governments and NGOs as they implement and optimize major initiatives focused on improving health services. Mr. Treatman, a self-described linguaphile and holds holds a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Mastère Professionnel in Electrical Engineering from l’Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité in Metz, France.

Moderator

Sonja Ruetzel, ICT4D Partnerships & Conference Manager, Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Sonja is leading the ICT4D Conference on behalf of CRS and co-facilitating this monthly webinar series. Before joining the Global Knowledge and Information Management team at CRS, she was the Event & Programme Director of the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF). Sonja has over 15 years’ experience researching and managing global conferences, training courses, webinars, as well as reports and whitepapers in a wide range of industries, including finance, legal, health, technology, public and non-for-profit sectors. Prior to following her passion for professional development events, Sonja worked as researcher and editor at consultancy Control Risks. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from University of Constance, Germany.


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