Dr. Jane Achan is a medical doctor with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, a master’s degree in Pediatrics and Child Health and master’s training in Clinical Trials. She is the Senior Research Advisor at Malaria Consortium, a United Kingdom-based non-governmental organization, where she oversees and supports the research agenda across several countries in Africa and Asia. She has been involved in clinical and operational research in the fields of infectious diseases, maternal and child health and health systems for the past 20 years. Her professional interests include evaluation of chemotherapeutic interventions to guide health policy, evaluation of health-related impact of interventions and operational health systems research. More recently she has been involved in evaluating potential interactions between COVID-19 and malaria and exploring the role of innovative strategies for malaria burden reduction in special risk populations in high burden settings.
I want to see malaria eliminated in sub-Saharan Africa. I want this, because malaria continues to cause significant illness and death in sub-Saharan Africa. I can do this, because I am part of a team implementing innovative malaria control and elimination programmes and research which contribute to significant burden reduction.