MAP Showcases Innovations at MIM Conference & AMMnet Meeting in Kigali

Malaria Atlas Project, Symposium at Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM society) 8th Pan-African Malaria Conference

The Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) joined forces with the Data Science Mathematical Modelling Group (DSMM) and partners from the University of Cape Town’s Modelling and Simulation Hub, Africa (MASHA) and Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) to host a dynamic symposium at the 8th Pan-African Malaria Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

The event, titled “Modelling for Malaria Decision Making in Africa,” highlighted cutting-edge research and collaborative efforts to combat malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Susan Rumisha, co-head of MAP, unveiled the vision for MAP’s new African-based node, emphasizing the power of geospatial modelling to drive impactful malaria control strategies. She showcased MAP’s commitment to supporting local and international partners through innovative research and African leadership.

Samuel Oppong, a MAP PhD student, presented groundbreaking research on subnational malaria burden variations in Ghana, aiming to enhance decision-making and malaria elimination efforts. Dr. Sam Kiware spotlighted successful collaborations between DSMM and Tanzania’s National Malaria Control Program, focusing on building a robust community of data scientists and mathematical modellers. Dr. Sheetal Silal introduced MASHA’s MMALA program, which trains the next generation of ‘policy modellers’ through comprehensive academic and leadership development. Dr. Damaris Matoke-Muhia discussed PAMCA’s initiatives to support and empower female modellers, reinforcing the importance of diversity in the field.

The symposium was expertly co-chaired by Ms. Tolu Okitika (MAP Perth) and Mr. Sosthenes Ketende (MAP Dar es Salaam), with an engaging panel discussion featuring leading experts from MAP, DSMM, MASHA, and PAMCA. The organizers also acknowledge the contribution of MASHA students Thabo Bogopa and Hilja Eelu and symposium moderators Gloria Shirima and Janice Maige.

MAP’s presence at the MIM conference underscored its dedication to leveraging data science and modelling to eradicate malaria, showcasing a blend of visionary research, impactful collaborations, and a commitment to capacity building in Africa.

MAP Shines at AMMnet Meeting in Kigali

The Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) made a significant impact at the recent AMMnet meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, showcasing their expertise in geospatial modelling and operational research.

Dr. Punam Amratia kicked off MAP’s contributions with an insightful presentation on geospatial modelling and its practical applications in operational research. Her talk set the stage for Dr. Susan Rumisha, who led a vibrant round-table discussion on the utility of geospatial modelling for decision-makers. The discussion sparked lively debates and inspired new collaborations across the AMMnet community.

Later in the event, Dr. Amratia supported a highly anticipated machine learning training session led by Dr. Olawale Awe, in collaboration with PATH’s Justin Millar. The training was a highlight, providing valuable skills to participants.
Dr. Rumisha capped off MAP’s participation with a compelling poster presentation on the establishment of MAP’s first African node. She shared MAP’s vision for strengthening geospatial modelling capacity across Africa, garnering enthusiastic support from attendees.

MAP’s presence at the AMMnet meeting showcased their leadership in advancing malaria research and fostering collaboration within the scientific community.