Operational research

A main objective of the Zambia operational research office is to generate information to provide timely, accurate and relevant information for policy decision making.

Generating sound evidence is a priority area for the National Malaria Control Centre (NMCC) because this facilitates implementation of evidence-based health care interventions. This leads to efficiencies in planning and resource utilisation.

The NMCC is implementing key strategies, which globally have been found to be effective in combating malaria. It thus becomes necessary to ensure that the progress and impact made by use of such strategies in the Zambian context is assessed and also that new ways of managing malaria are investigated.

Much of the work conducted is very applied in nature, which creates a valuable and practical approach to assessing the malaria control efforts. Many of the study sites fall within the RBM sentinel sites for malaria information system. These districts are representative of the malaria epidemiology, socioeconomic characteristics and geographical diversity.

Each year, priority areas for malaria research are identified and studies are conducted in line with recognised standards for credible research.

The main activities include:

  • Therapeutic assessment of antimalarial drugs
  • Adherence studies
  • Knowledge, attitude and practices assessments of health workers and care seekers
  • Home management of malaria
  • Economic evaluations in malaria control
  • District research capacity building
  • Local and international university students' supervision for malaria research
  • Vector susceptibility studies
  • RBM malaria surveys
  • Outcomes monitoring of malaria interventions
  • Coordinating the National Malaria Research Working Group
  • Provide technical and financial support for sound research methods
  • Evaluating the use of new technologies for malaria diagnosis
Please note: Zambian institutions are eligible for FREE ACCESS to a variety of research articles and datasets relevant for health research through HINARI, a service set up by WHO together with major publishers, to allow access for developing countries. Registration and access are available through on the HINARI website.