Project title

MALAREO (EO in Malaria Vector Control and Management)


The primary objective of MALAREO is to develop technology and implement EO capacities within malaria vector control and management programs in southern Africa. To achieve this objective, knowledge exchange and capability will occur in two directions (EU <--> SA). By doing this, the project will contribute to the installation of an Earth observation monitoring cell that will support the daily work of the national malaria control programs.


The main objectives of MALAREO are:

The identification and prioritization of the current capacity needs in the project working area. It will require an extensive analysis of the actual requirements (user needs) linked to the available capacities (current workflow, other initiatives, projects, etc.) to identify the most critical capacity needs. A capacity gap analysis must result in a clear list of prioritized capacity needs.
The development of technical EO methodologies, responding to the principal local requirements identified by the first objective. The developed methods are preferably based on methods and processes developed in GMES in Europe and Africa, but they will also take into account other technologies, or based on a mixture of both. Most important is that they are built on top of already existing capacities. A long-term and sustainable use of the developed methodologies must be foreseen, taking into account issues like the local financial power and the ease for updating, to maintain the use of developed methodologies. The developed methodologies will be illustrated in workflows explaining the different steps to be followed to reach the desired goals.
Capacity development: By the end of the project, the African partners should have increased their knowledge on the capabilities of using a wide range of EO satellites to advance and extend malaria vector control and management. They should have the capacity to use the EO methodologies proposed in MALAREO autonomously, and be fully aware of the capacity of ongoing (GMES) projects in the region. This will require the development of resource persons with background and experience in the use of satellite observations for malaria vector control and management. The European partners should increase their knowledge on the already existing capacities and the active local requirements in the project area. This should result in a better understanding on how technologies developed and used in GMES can be transferred for use in other regions.
The dissemination and promotion of developed methodologies and products beyond the project borders and duration. A MALAREO website will be created to distribute projects results. The website from the LSDI, will also be used to distributed project results, increasing the local visibility. There exist many conferences and workshops on malaria control and management during which the project and its results can be promoted and disseminated.


CAPACITY GAP ANALYSIS: The state-of-the-art in EO and spatial statistics are matched with the end-user requirements and capacity to identify the capacity gaps. A unique survey of the GIS and EO use and needs in the Malaria Control Pro- grammes (MCP) of the three countries is conducted.
EO MONITORING SOLUTIONS: Very detailed satellite imagery are used to develop detailed house structure maps. Lower resolution imagery are used to monitor the land cover in vast areas. The use of free image services is also taken into consideration.
CAPACITY BUILDING: The EO monitoring solutions and the selected ca- pacity needs are the basis of a capacity building plan that will be the fundament of the transfer of knowledge and capacity. Different levels of capa- city building are planned.

  • Medical Research Council (ZA)
  • RSS - Remote Sensing Solutions (DE)
  • National Malaria Control Pro- gram Swaziland (SZ)
  • University of Kwazulu-Natal (ZA)
  • Swiss Tropical and Health Institute (CH)

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