Author: Dr Michel Odika, February 18 2015 - Today… The multiplication of information needs and users implies that the way malaria-related information is generated, used and shared also has to evolve. This critically depends on accessibility and transparency, for example, by making all malaria-associated information readily accessible via the Internet…

Increasingly… Worldwide, institutional reforms (1,2,3) call for open and collaborative models, such as “Malaria Observatories”, to ensure that all the best sources of data are tapped and information flows quickly to those who can translate it into appropriate action…

Strengthening governance and leadership with innovations from the field… Open and collaborative models, such as “Malaria Observatories”, offer specific models of complementing routine information systems, by directly linking the production and dissemination of strategic intelligence on health and social care to policy-making and to the sharing of best practices. In this regard, they simply reflect the increasing value given to cross-agency work, health inequalities and evidence-based policy-making. For example, they bring together various constituencies, such as academia, NGOs, professional associations, corporate providers, governmental institutions and others, around a shared agenda (the multisectoral response to malaria) of monitoring trends, studies, information sharing, policy development and, not least, policy dialogue.

Towards more stakeholder collaboration to tackle malaria… Once fully established, open and flexible configurations, such as “Malaria Observatories”, may provide continuity in settings whenever administrative and policy continuity may be affected by a rapid turnover of decision-makers – they thus institutionalize (1,2,3), improve and strengthen the linkages between “decision-making processes” and “evidence-based policy-making”…

Dr Michel ODIKA (Congo-Brazzaville)

 

1. Observatoire du Paludisme : ossature d’un projet (Michel ODIKA, Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 2013).

2. See also Malaria Response: Call for New Institutional Landscapes (Michel ODIKA, 2015).

3. See also Malaria Observatory: Human Development Project (Michel ODIKA, 2015)