ROAD-MAP: Data Engineering

ROAD-MAP stands for Repository of Open Access Data – Malaria Atlas Project.

Led by Head of Data Engineering Camilo Vargas, the ROAD-MAP team is responsible for the acquisition, curation, and dissemination of MAP’s data estate. We work with MAP staff and collaborators including the World Health Organization, Geneva, and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle. We also address ad-hoc queries for data and consultancy from a wide range of research groups, scientists, journalists, and the public.

ROAD-MAP is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

We are committed to open access to the data estate we hold, subject to the permissions granted to us by the data owners. The data we have been permitted to release can be accessed via:

We are responsible for the maintenance and development of the website and the underlying code and database design. We are developing tools and resources to be of use to the entire malaria community.

We are committed to open access to all the code we write and database structures we build. We are making these available via GitHub.


MAP Data R Package

Current Project
MAP has released the malariaAtlas R package, which enables users to download, visualise and manipulate global parasite rate survey data and modelled raster outputs within R. Read More

Routine Malaria Cases

Current Project

There is a wealth of case data from national health systems that is becoming available. The ROAD-MAP team is investing resource in pulling these data together to make a coherent global dataset of reported incidence and deaths at a sub-national level.

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Parasite Rate Survey Data

Current Project
The Malaria Atlas Project curates an extensive collection of cross-sectional cluster-level malaria survey data. The vast majority of these data is available for download as part of our commitment to open access. Read More

Malaria Covariates

Current Project
This page describes the covariates (in the form of raster GIS datasets) gathered, developed, and used by MAP to support spatial modelling of malaria Read More

Administrative Boundaries

Current Project
GIS polygon data is an essential component for making maps with GIS software such as QGIS and ArcMAP. MAP has accumulated a large estate of GIS polygon data representing the administrative and health unit boundaries of malaria-endemic countries. Although the permission of use do not allow us to make these data available as a publicly downloadable set, we do provide a list of public sources and are able to share these data with our collaborators. Read More

Intervention Data

Current Project
Under the leadership of Dr Harry Gibson, the ROAD-MAP team is accumulating an estate of data relating to the distribution of anti-malarial interventions: Bednets, Indoor Residual Spraying, and anti-malarial drug coverage. Read More