Building operational and research capacity

LINK works with partners to identify gaps in available data and knowledge and address challenges that might impede the ability of National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs) to generate, organise and utilise malaria data.

Developing operational research and data generation strategies

LINK aims to work directly with programmes to develop appropriate operational research and data generation strategies to overcome constraints to malaria data utilisation, either through the refinement of existing tools or through operational research to develop and test new approaches and tools.  

Our programme strives to make good use of existing data and disease control networks in partner countries, especially at the subregional level, to foster broad understanding of epidemiological patterns and maximise opportunities for cooperation.

Supporting countries to carry work forward

LINK tries to ensure that the epidemiological profile and methodology continue to be relevant and can be updated in a timely way to reflect the changing epidemiological context.

As a part of LINK’s activities, we aim to provide some basic skills training to raise the capacity within existing NMCP M&E staff. The interpretation and use of the assembled evidence for malaria control planning, the ability to identify and act on the knowledge gaps, and the sustainability of an evidence-based approach all critically depends on human capacity within ministries of health, in particular the NMCP’s Health Management Information System (HMIS) departments.