Malaria Asymptomatic Reservoir in the Sahel

Project Acronym: MARS – Generating the Evidence-Base for Elimination Interventions

Topics: Public Health, Seasons, Parasites, Infection

Disciplinary Fields: Medicine, Medical Informatics, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Economic and Social Sciences

Summary: The MARS project aims to respond to an international health issue, malaria, which has one of the highest morbidity and mortality burdens on the world’s population. Its elimination by 2030 is one of the sustainable development objectives adopted by the United Nations. The fight against this infection by the Plasmodium parasite, itself transmitted by mosquitoes, requires an integrated approach based on vector control and improved access to healthcare.

MARS aims to increase knowledge of the seasonal dynamics of the reservoir of asymptomatic carriers, through their detection with highly faulty sensitivity methods, combined with genetic analysis of parasite populations. The project relates parasite circulation to human movements; and a longitudinal sub-study is conducted on the dynamics of infection in carriers.

Project Interlocutor: Jordi Landier (SESSTIM, UMR 1252)

International Cooperation:
– France: Sciences Économiques et Sociales de la Santé et Traitement de l’Information Médicale; Laboratoire Vecteurs – Infections Tropicales et Méditerranéennes
– Mali: Malaria Research and Training Center, University of Bamako
– Senegal: Service de parasitologie, University of Dakar Cheikh Anta Diop

Project Duration: 11/01/2019 – 10/31/2021

Call of Proposal: International 2018

Photography Credits: Photo by Vince Gx on Unsplash


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