Using a framework of mutual learning and robust teaching format that features a combination of lectures, discussion, debate, and case-study analyses, course participants and teaching faculty explore the scientific and technological underpinnings of malaria, as well as the historical, political, social, and economic contexts in which control, elimination, and eradication efforts have unfolded.
Nominated by a global network of malaria experts, partners, and collaborators from academia and the business, public health, government, and biomedical research sectors, course participants are comprised of the future local, national and global leaders of malaria eradication.The diverse range of professions represented in the course is indicative of the breadth of fields and sectors that need to work together to achieve malaria eradication.
Because the goal is to maximize resource sharing, materials from the course–faculty presentations, case studies, problem solving exercises, and other resources–are made available to the course participants and the broader malaria community as a ‘public good,’ when possible.
The course was a wonderful way of interacting with people working in different aspects of malaria control, prevention and now elimination globally. Mostly we are used to hearing about activities in Africa and Asia, but it was very refreshing to be exposed to ideas and strategies being employed in South America, Mesoamerica and Oceania.
A must for anyone who works in malaria – be it in programs or research. The course has shown me that eradication is not impossible if we all work together and we all do our part.
The SoE: Malaria course was excellent. Coming from a non-scientific background this course provided enough of the science to help me in my work without getting too deep, helping to highlight key issues, challenges, possible solutions which provided “delicious” food for thought! The course helps one reflect on their work in their own countries, their way of doing business and forces one to beg the question – Am I doing things right? An excellent course overall, with very rich and diverse expertise among the Faculty.
The intensive, no spoon-feeding and highly interactive approach makes this truly a leadership course. I was pleasantly surprised to notice that, quite unobtrusively, this course ignited a chain reaction of key qualities instrumental for battle against the malaria scourge. To crown it all, one also connected with more global peers in the malaria community.”
The SoE Malaria course was a great opportunity to meet malaria control and elimination experts from around the world, to share ideas for what is working and what might not work. The course material was well assembled and presented and the facilitation was excellent. I left feeling I have a much better grasp of the important issues, the status and pipeline of future malaria tools, and where I should be focusing my attention as I support an African malaria control program to progress towards its strategic goals.”
This course offered unique opportunities in equipping participants to understand key metrics in malaria control. If sustained, this effort can advance the fight against malaria and lead to major advancement and significant progress in its control and eradication.”
Every country has its own experiences and its own global public health intervention strategies, some of which can serve as examples to other settings. For me, this course was an incredible opportunity to share professional experiences, and most importantly to make strategic partnerships with malaria professionals from different countries and regions. It is our responsibility to share knowledge with one another, and to be conscious that we have a commitment to our community to advance malaria prevention, control and elimination in our own countries. This battle is about team work.”
The challenge we face is in finding practical solutions to supply chain distribution within the context of a public health sector which has limited resources and misaligned incentives. Government and donor funds for health commodities keep shrinking, and the need for efficiency and improved operational methods is more urgent now than ever.”