Stronger Health Systems for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and malaria - STRATUM

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.

What we aim to achieve:  

The prevention and containment of multi-drug resistant malaria and tuberculosis.

How we will achieve it:  

Through developing and testing health systems strengthening strategies that 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.


  • Burnet Institute
  • University of Melbourne
  • Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia       
  • National Department of Health, Papua New Guinea 


Papua New Guinea and Indonesia

Funding: $3,000,000

Chief Investigator:


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

Associate Investigators

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

Program Dates: 

July 2018 - June 2021