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Automated diagnostic platform, data management system and innovative communication tool, for improving the impact of malaria vector control interventions

Objective

Malaria is a life-threatening disease causing more than 500,000 deaths every year in sub-Saharan Africa. Prevention of the disease is best achieved by vector control which relies on the use of insecticides. Monitoring mosquito vector populations is an integral component of control programmes and a prerequisite for effective interventions. Several individual methods are used for this task, However, there are obstacles to their uptake, as well as challenges in organizing, interpreting and communicating vector control data.
We will develop a fully integrated and automated multiplex vector-diagnostic platform (LabDisk) for monitoring the species ID, the infection status of mosquitoes and the insecticide resistance profile of malaria vector populations. The system will provide sample-to-answer determinations, and it will perform genotyping at substantially lower cost, compared to the assays that are currently used in Africa.
The LabDisk will be interfaced with a Disease Data Management System (DDMS), custom made data management software which will collect data from routine entomological monitoring activities, store, and make available stratified information based on “user queries” in a standardized way.
The “GAME”, a modern ICT platform that employs interactive ways of communicating guidelines and exemplifying good practices of successful use of interventions in the health sector will be also employed, to teach operational end users the use of data to make informed decisions.
The integrated system (LabDisk, DDMS & Game) will be implemented in four sub-Saharan African countries, highly representative of malaria settings and vector control problems, to support informed decision-making about vector control and disease management. It will cover the urgent needs of an existing “market” and will provide solution to end users, to address a most important societal challenge in Africa, the control of malaria. The system has a vast expansion potential in other applications.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease/malaria
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action
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Coordinator

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 552 066,66

Participants (9)

HAHN-SCHICKARD-GESELLSCHAFT FUER ANGEWANDTE FORSCHUNG E.v.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 403 568,75
Address
Wilhelm-schickard-strasse 10
78052 Villingen
Activity type
Research Organisations
LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 505 355
Address
Pembroke Place
L35QA Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JIMMA UNIVERSITY
Ethiopia
EU contribution
€ 264 598,75
Address
Jimma University
Jimma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Zambia
EU contribution
€ 267 523,75
Address
Ndeke House
10101 Lusaka
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Organisation de Coordination pour la lutte contre les Endémies en Afrique Centrale
Cameroon
EU contribution
€ 267 500
Address
Rue Du Centre Pasteur 2007
Yaounde
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
N.T. LABORATORY SRL

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 213 888,34
Address
Via Baldanzese 35
50041 Calenzano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FAST TRACK DIAGNOSTICS LUXEMBOURG SARL
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 251 000
Address
Rue Henri Koch 29
4354 Esch Sur Alzette
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SCHWEIZERISCHES TROPEN- UND PUBLIC HEALTH-INSTITUT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Socinstrasse 57
CH-4002 Basel
Activity type
Research Organisations
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 42 500
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments