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Livestock Systems

Zoonotic Malaria in Indonesia

Project Code: LS/2018/214
Research Program Manager: Dr Anna Okello
Project Leader: Dr Matthew Grigg, Menzies School of Health Research
MAR 2019
MAY 2020
Project Status: Legally committed/Active
Key partners
University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Ministry of Health & Medical Services, Fiji


This project is establishing a network for surveillance for P.knowlesi and other zoonotic Plasmodium malaria species in Kalimantan, North Sumatra and Aceh, Indonesia.

There has been an increase in incidence of human malaria from the zoonotic parasite P. knowlesi, found in long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques. Human malaria has now been reported throughout Southeast Asia, with most cases occurring in agricultural workers. 

The team on this project will strengthen systems for surveillance of zoonotic malaria in the region by establishing a network for molecular surveillance of Plasmodium knowlesi and other zoonotic Plasmodium species in Indonesia. It will lead to a better understanding of the burden of zoonotic malaria species in Indonesia.

This project is part of the Research for One Health Systems Strengthening Program co-funded with DFAT addressing zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and systems strengthening within the Asia Pacific. 

Project outcomes

  • Building capacity to use new diagnostic tests that can diagnose multiple malaria species
  • Establishing pilot malaria surveillance activities at health facilities in North Kalimantan, North Sumatra, and Sabang (Aceh)
  • Evaluating the incidence of zoonotic Plasmodium species (including mixed infections) among patients diagnosed with malaria by microscopy at health facilities in North and East Kalimantan, North Sumatra, and Sabang, and among febrile controls
  • Evaluating epidemiological and clinical characteristics of patients with malaria due to P. knowlesi or other zoonotic species in patients presenting to health facilities in North and East Kalimantan, North Sumatra, and Sabang.