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

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.

Partners:

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

Funding: $3,000,000

Program aims:

Multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant (MDR) malaria pose major public health challenges, threatening health security across the Asia-Pacific region. The team will work with partners from our regional networks to increase the research capacity and expertise of program partners, developing and testing health systems strategies to prevent and contain multidrug-resistant malaria and TB, and strengthening the capacity of health systems.

This will expand system strengthening activities, and regional collaborations established with the Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaboration Initiative (TDRRCI). The team will build upon our existing capacity development, to scale up new health interventions that address health security and achieve policy transfer, driven by systems-oriented implementation research

  • improving service delivery for the prevention and treatment of infection
  • implementing new approaches to tuberculosis case detection and prevention, particularly multi-drug resistant strains
  • molecular surveillance for monitoring the emergence and spread of MDR organisms at sentinel sites, so that healthcare resources can be prioritised for high risk populations
  • The team will support and upskill local researchers to address both diseases

Chief Investigator:

Co-investigators

  • 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 Manager:

To be announced | Email contact communications [at] menzies.edu.au

Program Dates: 

July 2018 - June 2021