Malaria Control

Project Title: Improving Malaria Diagnostics (IMaD)


In September 2007, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded MCDI the Improving Malaria Diagnostics Project (IMaD), a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI). The Consortium, led by MCDI, included the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Hydas World Health (HWH), and received technical support from Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD). The IMaD project was USAID's flagship project for strengthening malaria diagnostics at both the global and national level.


IMaD's activities fell within the following major technical assistance categories: baseline assessments, global and national initiatives on malaria diagnostics, refresher trainings in malaria diagnostics, quality assurance and supervision, and capacity building.


IMaD's major accomplishments include the following:

  • Established an external quality assurance system to support malaria diagnostics based on Outreach Training and Support Supervision (OTSS)
  • Trained a total of 14,525 health workers on malaria diagnostics during the life of the project
  • Conducted a total of 3,543 health facility visits during OTSS
  • Provided technical assistance to National Malaria Control Programs on Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDTs) roll out and scale-up plans

Countries: Angola, Benin, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, and Zambia

Partners: African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Hydas World Health (HWH), and Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD).

Funder: USAID/PMI

Duration: 2007 – 2012


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