Public Health & Tropical Medicine

How to become a Malaria Technical Advisor

The World Health Organization (WHO) has highly appreciated the seriousness and resolution which African nation have shown towards the control of malaria in the past one decade. The director of WHO Dr. Robert Newman in an interview to HealthNewsNG stated that the governing council of the WHO is highly satisfied with the achievements Africa has been able accomplish in the last 10 years.

Compared to the rest of the world investment into malaria control and prevention has been the maximum in African nations which has resulted into a large shift in mortality. Africa has seen a 33% decline in mortality due to malaria in the last 10 years which an impressive figure compared to the rest of the world.

There is a huge scope of improvement still owing to the fact that malaria is a treatable and preventable disease.

Comparative statistics of malaria deaths are still adverse at the moment with 90% of the Malaria deaths still occurring in Africa which include under 5 age group.

African achievements are an example to the world and have been made possible by a large scale workforce engagement in the public health sector. The public health measures used on a large scale in Africa include longer lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets, rapid diagnostics, combination therapy and other tools of vector control.

The role of Malaria Technical Advisor has been at the center stage of the execution of public health plans and preventive campaigns for malaria.

The Malaria Technical Advisor requires robust skills for providing a strong technical leadership of the malaria prevention programs and ensures that the preventive and therapeutic interventions are of standard technical quality, utilized on time and within stipulated budget. The Malaria Technical Advisor works in consultation with the National and State Malaria Elimination Programs team and ensures that all possible benefits from USAID funded projects are achieved.

Eligibility for Malaria Technical Advisor / Associate Position

  • Medical or Para-medical degree / diploma and postgraduate qualification in public health, tropical medicine, epidemiology, international health or related discipline
  • Willingness to work in tropical regions in malaria
  • Knowledge of malaria case management
  • Strong understanding of health policy and strategy formation
  • Knowledge of project management
  • Good writing, reporting and presentation skills
  • Understanding of surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of public health issues and problems
  • Strong analytical attitude
  • Planning skills
  • Good understanding of budgeting
  • Good time management skills

James Lind Institute Global Malaria Advocacy

James Lind Institute (JLI) has a strong commitment towards the common goal of the World Health Organization to Roll Back Malaria. James Lind institute provides focused trainings related to public health, tropical medicine and healthcare management which are designed to supplement capacity building measures of African nations and the WHO.

JLI offers the following online programs

Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Research

Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine, Surveillance & Immunization

Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare & Hospital Management

Professional Diploma in Medical Tourism & Healthcare Marketing

Advanced Certificate in Medical Law & Bioethics

Certificate in Healthcare Risk Management

Masters in Healthcare Management

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