Principal Investigators/Program Directors (Last, first, middle): Kamya, Moses, R & Dorsey, Grant, M.
Project summary. This is a comprehensive application to support training in malaria surveillance,
epidemiology and implementation science research to strengthen malaria policy and control in Uganda.
Although Uganda has dramatically scaled up available malaria control interventions, the burden of malaria is
still very high and the optimal strategies to control malaria in this high transmission setting are still unclear.
New interventions or new delivery approaches are needed to have sustained impacts on reducing disease
burden. Expertise in malaria research remains limited in Uganda, necessitating the need for additional training.
In 1998, a collaborative malaria research project was established between Makerere U and the University of
California, San Francisco. In 2010, our research program was awarded the East African International Center of
Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR) award whose goal is to perform comprehensive surveillance studies
aimed at improving understanding of the disease and measuring the impact of population-level control
interventions. This program has increased our already outstanding set of opportunities for research training.
To date, our training programs have largely focused on training at master’s level, with few trainees at the
doctoral level or in a position to influence policy. Thus, our previous trainings have created a large pool of
candidates that are suitable for training at the doctoral level and to lead a new generation of scientists
translating research into policy. For Ugandan expertise in malaria control to grow and diversify, we propose to
establish a comprehensive research training program at Makerere University School of Medicine
focused on strengthening malaria control and policy in Uganda. Our objectives will be to: 1) substantially
increase the scientific leadership and expertise needed for independent malaria epidemiology, surveillance
and implementation science research, 2) strengthen the capabilities and career development of junior faculty
of Makerere U to lead, manage and train students in malaria research by providing post-doctoral mentored
research training, 3) strengthen the sustainability of malaria research at Makerere U by strengthening the
Makerere U malaria research center, and 4) promote collaborations between the National Malaria Control
Program and malaria research programs in Uganda to foster evidence-based decision making. The
collaborators on the ICEMR and other research grants provide a pool of faculty that will ensure high-quality
supervision and mentoring of trainees. Degree trainees will be registered at Makerere U or London School of
Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and non-degree long and short-term training will occur in Uganda and at
UCSF. With changing malaria epidemiology in Uganda and potential for sustainable malaria research to policy
activities in the country, we are perfectly poised to strengthen the capacity for malaria research and control in
Uganda. We anticipate training 4 PhD candidates, 5 candidates in master’s degree programs, 9 candidates in
long-term non-degree training and over 100 candidates in short-term non-degree programs.