Malaria elimination: moving forward with spatial decision support systems

Gerard C. Kelly*, Marcel Tanner, Andrew Vallely, Archie Clements

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Operational challenges facing contemporary malaria elimination have distinct geospatial elements including the need for high-resolution location-based surveillance, targeted prevention and response interventions, and effective delivery of essential services at optimum levels of coverage. Although mapping and geographical reconnaissance (GR) has traditionally played an important role in supporting malaria control and eradication, its full potential as an applied health systems tool has not yet been fully realised. As accessibility to global positioning system (GPS), geographic information system (GIS) and mobile computing technology increases, the role of an integrated spatial decision support system (SDSS) framework for supporting the increased operational demands of malaria elimination requires further exploration, validation and application; particularly in the context of resource-poor settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-304
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Issue number7
Early online date16 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Geographic information systems
  • Malaria elimination
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Spatial decision support system
  • Surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases


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