MCD Inc.

Malaria Control

Project Title: MalariaCare


MalariaCare is a five-year, $50 million global malaria program awarded in 2012 by USAID/PMI. MCDI is the lead malaria diagnostics sub-partner to PATH, with other sub-partners including PSI and Save the Children. MalariaCare seeks to improve and promote accurate diagnosis of malaria in priority countries by facilitating expansion of parasitological testing through malaria microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests.

MCDI, through MalariaCare, builds on the capacity building and supervision models successfully developed and refined under its immediate predecessor, IMaD (Improved Malaria Diagnostics): MDRT (Malaria Diagnostic Refresher Training) and OTSS (Outreach Training and Support Supervision). MDRT courses strengthen the skills of host country microscopists through theoretical and practical training. OTSS provides long-term, ongoing support and on-site training to strengthen diagnostic services in health facilities during regular supervisory visits. MDRT and OTSS are complemented by ECA (External Competency Assessment) of microscopists at WHO-accredited training venues, and support for the creation of malaria training slide archives.


  • During Project Year 3 (PY3), 2014–2015, MalariaCare provided MDRT to 497 participants and training in RDT use to 1991 participants, and conducted OTSS visits to 1336 health facilities. A combination of MDRT and OTSS has been used to improve the accuracy of diagnostic testing for malaria in MalariaCare countries.
  • MCDI has supported National Archive of Malaria Slides (NAMS) development initiatives in Liberia, DRC, Mozambique and Tanzania, including training in collecting samples, preparing slides, quality assurance and operations management.
  • Proficiency testing schemes have been established to support malaria microscopy quality assurance (QA) in Ghana, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.
  • MCDI has developed content and hosted two webinars for RDT QA and strengthened laboratory management.

Countries: Burundi, DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia

Partners: PATH (prime organization), Population Services International (PSI) and Save the Children.

Funder: USAID/PMI

Duration: 2012-2017


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