Stronger Health Systems for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and malaria

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant malaria pose major public health challenges, threatening health security across the Asia-Pacific region.

This project involves the development and implementation of a package of cost-effective interventions for the cure of multi-drug resistant malaria. It also involves implementing new approaches to tuberculosis case detection and prevention, particularly multi-drug resistant strains. The team will support and upskill local researchers to address both diseases.

Through developing and testing health systems strengthening strategies, the project will:

  • Improve service delivery for the prevention and treatment of infection
  • Implement a new approach to multidrug resistant tuberculosis case detection and prevention
  • Monitor the emergence and spread of multidrug resistant organisms at sentinel sites through molecular surveillance
  • Support and upskill local researchers to address both diseases
  • Implement community-based prevention programmes to address multidrug resistance tuberculosis and malaria among children under five years old.


  • Professor Stephen Graham - University of Melbourne 
  • Associate Professor Anna Ralph - Menzies School of Health Research 
  • Dr Jeanne Poespoprodjo - Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Dr Philipp DuCros - Burnet Institute 
  • Professor Nicholas Anstey - Menzies School of Health Research 
  • Dr Christopher Morgan - Burnet Institute 
  • Dr Suman Majumdar - Burnet Institute
  • Dr Rintis Noviyanti – Eijkman Institute of Molecular Biology, Indonesia

Associate Investigators

  • Dr Sarah Auburn- Menzies School of Health Research
  • Dr Geoff Chan - Burnet Institute 
  • Associate Professor Christopher Coulter - Queensland Mycobacterium Reference Laboratory
  • Angela Devine – University of Oxford, UK
  • Associate Professor Freya Fowkes - University of Melbourne, Monash University
  • Dr Enny Kenangalem - Papuan Community Health and Development Foundation, Indonesia
  • Dr Trisasi Lestari - Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
  • Professor Koen Peeters - Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
  • Dr Leanne Robinson – Burnet Institute