Unit | Health Interventions

The Health Interventions Unit deals with the development and field testing of new health interventions, with a strong focus on malaria. We operate a dual portfolio of service projects and research studies in a number of countries in Africa South of the Sahara (chiefly Tanzania, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo) and in Papua New Guinea. Because of the very applied nature of our work, we collaborate extensively with the service departments in the institute. We also interact regularly with the Health Systems Research and Dynamical Modelling Unit, as well as with the Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology (MPI) research groups.


Research work deals with the integration of new interventions into the health system (for example injectable or rectal artesunate for the treatment of severe malaria), doing trials of new vaccine candidates, developing new treatment algorithms for children with fever, improving the monitoring and evaluation of national programmes, and finally developing new vector control tools and testing them in the field. All groups also aim to strengthen capacity in malaria-endemic countries on the basis of institutional collaborative arrangements and formal training courses.

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Selected projects at this location:

Fola A.A et al. Higher complexity of infection and genetic diversity of Plasmodium vivax than Plasmodium falciparum across all malaria transmission zones of Papua New Guinea. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017(in press). DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.16-0716

Koimbu G et al. Insecticide resistance monitoring: report on phenotypic resistance of anophelines to deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin and DDT (2016). . Papua New Guinea: Papa New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, 2017

Ntuku H.M et al. Long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) ownership, use and cost of implementation after a mass distribution campaign in Kasai Occidental Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Malar J. 2017;16:22. DOI: 10.1186/s12936-016-1671-1

Rambaud-Althaus C et al. Performance of health workers using an electronic algorithm for the management of childhood illness in Tanzania: a pilot implementation study. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017;96(1):249-257. DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0395

Saweri O.P, Hetzel M.W, Mueller I, Siba P.M, Pulford J. The treatment of non-malarial febrile illness in Papua New Guinea: findings from cross sectional and longitudinal studies of health worker practice. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017;17:10. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-1965-6