The Center for Applied Malaria Research and Evaluation was started in 2013 and is housed within the Department of Tropical Medicine at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans Louisiana. Members of Center have established a growing reputation for high quality applied malaria research and program evaluation. Their interdisciplinary research in this area has resulted in over 70 peer-reviewed publications over the past 7 years, with their findings influencing both national program and global malaria policy. The group’s research has been presented at numerous international malaria meetings, including the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the biannual Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Pan African Conference.
The group has established a solid track record in research funding, with over US$7 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), NIH, CDC, USAID and the World Bank, in countries including Zambia, Ethiopia, Benin, Ghana, Mali, Malawi, Tanzania, Senegal, the Gambia and Eritrea. Of note is our work on estimating the effectiveness of malaria prevention interventions through systematic reviews and meta-analyses, impact evaluations of malaria control programs in Zambia, Malawi and Eritrea, geostatistical analysis and risk mapping, translational research on increasing the uptake and use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNS), and measuring malaria parasite prevalence using population-based household surveys. The Center has strong collaborations with the CDC Malaria Branch, the WHO Global Malaria Program, US Presidents Malaria Initiative, Roll Back Malaria, the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA), the Swiss Tropical Public Health Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and National Malaria Control Programs including Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Eritrea.