Innovating the battle against malaria
This dashboard allows the National Ministry of Health to compare districts and facilities across the country. Jeff Bernson shared, “It’s introducing a whole level of not just accountability but communication from the district level all the way down to that frontline user and the data collector. So, we're really excited about the potential opportunity.”
Data visualization allows local and national leaders to detect transmission patterns, as well as health system barriers, to see where to make investments and focus efforts.
In a recent blog post, PATH explained, “As transmission rates get lower and lower, malaria cases become increasingly localized. The Tableau partnership will help us build the skills of district and facility health teams to combat the disease at the community level. Better visualization helps district health personnel glean the insights and generate the reports that make them more efficient at their jobs.”
Two years since the project started in the Southern Province, community health workers treated twice the amount of malaria cases during transmission season. And as rainy seasons came to a close in 2016, there wasn’t the usual dramatic spike in malaria cases in southern Zambia.
Jeff Bernson states, “With better surveillance and data, we can stamp out this disease.”
*PATH’s work is supported in part by the Tableau Foundation.