New Delhi: Tata Trusts’ India Health Fund (IHF) has announced its Malaria Quest – a nationwide search for innovations towards eliminating Malaria in India. This is being partnered by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance Secretariat (APLMA), Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and the Malaria Elimination Research Alliance India of the ICMR and Social Alpha.
The Malaria Quest is aligned with IHF’s vision to foster innovations and support innovative products and processes through comprehensive support to innovators including funding, technical mentorship, handholding for their lab to last mile journey, connecting resources for better adoption, and ensuring the sustainability of these efforts.
Applications will be accepted until September 02, 2019. Further details about the Malaria Quest and the application process are available at the India Health fund website.
India has set a target of eliminating Malaria by 2030. Aligned with the national goals, India Health Fund (IHF) aims to promote innovations that supplement human efforts to facilitate greater access, better quality of care and equity and bring together resources to engender transformative change that will effectively address the complex challenges posed by malaria. The Malaria Quest is seeking for innovation on the four problem areas listed below:
Innovative technologies to strengthen surveillance to provide accurate estimates of disease burden and data-based-decision making and risk-prediction
Developing innovative methods of vector control and personal protection for enhancing or complementing current strategies
Improving logistical modalities and quality assurance of malaria consumables
Consistently detecting and diagnosing cases of malaria, both in high and low endemic regions