Akros pilots Africa’s first GIS-integrated IRS monitoring tool
This quarter, Akros finalized the extremely successful pilot of its mSpray tool: a field-based, GIS-integrated IRS data capture platform that allows IRS stakeholders to view real-time spray data through maps and charts. “This was a resounding success,” said Benjamin Winters, Zambia Country Director at Akros.
“For the first time in IRS history, stakeholders can see real-time data about the location and intensity of IRS operations,” said Winters. “With this tool, we can begin to answer some very critical but previously challenging questions. Are we spraying the right structures, for example, and is there a demonstrable impact on malaria transmission in these granular foci? Aggregate data at national or sub-national levels can’t answer these questions. Zambia is making tremendous progress here and NMCC now has maps detailing entomological surveillance data (more information about Akros innovation here) and case surveillance at very granular levels, all available in its national HMIS, and all of which can be cross-referenced to mSpray IRS data. These are very exciting times.”