MalariaCare works closely with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) to support country led efforts to strengthen quality assurance systems for microscopic diagnosis of malaria.
Improving the quality of microscopy diagnostics. The EPHI is developing a National Archive of Malaria Slides (NAMS) for routine training of laboratory microscopists and national accreditation of malaria microscopy. The goal is to help microscopists in health facilities and laboratories across the country perform accurate and timely diagnosis of malaria and other infectious diseases. The President’s Malaria Initiative began funding NAMS development in 2011 during the former “Improving Malaria Diagnostics” project; support has continued under MalariaCare since 2012.
MalariaCare is adding new features to the NAMS database to ensure easier access to slides and is increasing options for generating slides for training purposes. The project also provides critical reagents and laboratory supplies required to complete the NAMS for national use.
Building infrastructure to sustain improved diagnostic capacity. MalariaCare is helping strengthen diagnostic capacity in other ways as well, such as by providing training opportunities for laboratory staff and developing protocols on how to use the NAMS to assess laboratory staff ability to read slides correctly.
MalariaCare also supports local efforts to detect resistance to anti-malarial medicines.
In addition, MalariaCare provides technical assistance in support of EPHI’s efforts to become a regional training center for laboratory personnel.
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