Enhancing access to control
Research activities, currently focused on Africa, are pursued through three major multi-country research efforts: (i) one research initiative conducted in six sites addressing community-based interventions (CBI) as a means to strengthen primary health care (PHC) in rural Africa; (ii) a study concurrently conducted in four African cities on the possibility and appropriate service delivery mechanisms for CBI in urban areas of Africa; and (iii) a multi-country study on ways to engage in health service delivery with nomadic communities.
In addition, a web-based repository and clearing house on social and community processes is being developed. Called COMMIT (COMMunity-based Intervention Toolbox), it includes tools and resources, methods, guidelines, best practices, experiences and policy advice for researchers, decision-makers and public health practitioners and systematic reviews of evidence pertaining to social and community processes and their health systems implications.
Holistic research reducing vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and Zika
More than 30 research projects are currently being funded, with about 100 students getting their Masters and PhD degrees as part of this work. One of our major projects has been studying how to help vulnerable African communities increase their resilience to diseases like malaria and sleeping sickness.