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ABSTRACTNational Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs) currently make limited use of parasite genetic data. We have developed GenRe-Mekong, a platform for genetic surveillance of malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) that enables NMCPs to implement large-scale surveillance projects by integrating simple sample collection procedures in routine public health procedures. Samples are processed by high-throughput technologies to genotype several drug resistance markers, species markers and a genomic barcode, delivering reports of genotypes and phenotype predictions, used to map prevalence of resistance to multiple drugs. GenRe-Mekong has worked with NMCPs and research projects in eight countries, processing 9,623 samples from clinical cases. Monitoring resistance markers has been valuable for tracking the rapid spread of parasites resistant to the dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine combination therapy. In Vietnam and Laos, GenRe-Mekong data have provided novel knowledge about the spread of these resistant strains into previously unaffected provinces. GenRe-Mekong facilitates data sharing by aggregating results from different countries, enabling cross-border resistance monitoring.Impact StatementLarge-scale genetic surveillance of malaria implemented by National Malaria Control Programmes informs public health decision makers about the spread of strains resistant to antimalarials.FundingBill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, UK Medical Research Council, UK Department for International Development, NIAID

Original publication

DOI

10.1101/2020.07.23.20159624

Type

Journal article

Publication Date

25/07/2020