MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Zambia promotes campaign to eliminate malaria

New malaria campaign to prove potential of malaria elimination in Africa | Courtesy of wikipedia.org
PATH and Tableau Foundation recently partnered to create a "Visualize No Malaria" campaign that supports eliminating malaria in Africa.

The five-year campaign is founded on the idea that the disease’s spread helps researchers to isolate, identify and eliminate the parasite within a region. The campaign will begin in Zambia because its government has made a strong commitment to eradicate malaria across the country.

The campaign encourages other philanthropists and corporations to unite in this campaign for a world free of malaria. The two companies have a goal to re-create the campaign model around the world.

“Zambia has made incredible progress reducing malaria in the last 10 years. Now, with their partners, they are poised to eliminate malaria completely,” Duncan Earle, director of Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa, said.

Thanks to new technology, malaria elimination is closer than ever before.

“To eliminate malaria, information has to move faster than the disease and by using Tableau, the Zambian government will have unprecedented access to that information,” Tableau Foundation Director Neal Myrick said.

Using technology in this way could change how health professionals track and eliminate illnesses in the future.

“The new PATH partnership with Tableau Foundation will help Zambia realize this bold goal by using data in new and better ways to more efficiently track emerging transmission patterns, optimize the way resources are deployed, and eventually help hunt down the last malaria parasites,” Earle said.

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