CENTRE FOR MALARIA RESEARCH (CMR)
Malaria continues to be an important parasitic disease in Africa where majority of deaths and the greatest economic loses are believed to occur. The disease is seen mostly as an African problem despite gains made in its control. The burden is heaviest in sub-Saharan Africa, where an estimated 90% of all malaria deaths occur. Children aged less than five years account for 78% of all malaria deaths. In Ghana malaria accounted for 38.1% of all outpatient illnesses, 27.3% of all admissions and 7.0% of all deaths in 2015.There were 10 million suspected cases of malaria in Ghana in 2015, 31.2% of which were children under five years old (NMCP, 2016).
The University of Health and Allied Sciences Centre for Malaria Research (CMR) was established to conduct cutting edge multidisciplinary research that will tackle all aspects of the disease for its elimination. The Centre carries out its mandate by fostering collaboration between malaria researchers with a variety of expertise within and outside the University.
- Provide the best evidence for policy and practice in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and elimination of malaria in Ghana and other parts of the world.
- Provide teaching and training opportunities for graduate students on malaria in UHAS, other Universities and Health Training Institutions.
To be a world-class Centre for the conduct of high quality, cutting edge, malaria research and training in health and allied sciences.
- To carry out cutting edge research and development in all aspects of the disease that will lead to the elimination of malaria.
- To conduct qualitative and ethnographic research to understand contexts of risk, illness experience, caregiving and social attitudes towards malaria.
- To provide specialized laboratory diagnosis and monitoring services for Public Health Programmes
- To build capacity in all aspects of malaria research including surveillance, monitoring and evaluation
- To provide technical and training support to institutions engaged in malaria control/elimination at all levels.
- To harness all malaria research being carried out in the University.
- To engage in advocacy on malaria at local, national and international fora