Research at Macha
Any scientist or student interested in conducting research at MIAM should first contact the administrative or scientific director, to receive up-to-date information on the site. If it is determined that the proposed project is appropriate and feasible for the Macha site, MIAM administration will work with the investigator in establishing the best way to move the project forward. This will include assistance in obtaining Zambian national ethics approval, as well as arranging for use of vehicles, Internet access, personnel, lab space and equipment that may be needed. Fees for all services will be agreed upon before the project begins, and arrangements made for timely payment to MIAM for services rendered. Please contact MIAM for current prices.
The site has 24-hour electric service from the national grid, with generator back up. Communication is available by a radio link with Choma, a reliable satellite-based system including full broad-band Internet connectivity and VOIP telephony, which allows for voice communication to and from regular phone numbers, using the broadband satellite connection.
- Hospital: The hospital is a 208-bed inpatient facility with an affiliated nursing school. The hospital consists of five main wards and a large pharmacy building. The latter includes a small-scale intravenous fluid production plant, as well as equipment for preparation of basic ointments and eye drops, including a laminar flow hood. The outpatient section of the hospital consists of a large clinic building, as well as a maternal and child health care building where routine antenatal and preventative services for children are carried out.
- The pediatric ward: where most malaria cases are admitted, is a 45-bed unit made up of seven separate care units, although the census often reaches 75 during peak malaria season. A pediatric ICU, as such, does not exist. However, severely ill patients are cared for in a 13-bed room with more direct observation by the nursing staff. The building includes a treatment room where procedures such as lumbar punctures, intravenous cannula insertion, etc., can be performed.
- Clinical Laboratory: Clinical laboratory facilities were upgraded in 2000, with the completion of a new laboratory building housing hematology, parasitology/microbiology and biochemistry sections.
- Research Laboratory/Insectary: A 285-square-meter laboratory and insectary dedicated to malaria research was completed in 2005.
- Mosquito house: The JHMRI Mosquito House is based on a modified greenhouse, that simulates a natural mosquito ecosystem, that will enable the validation of laboratory-based research findings and their further exploration at semi-field conditions.
- Office: The hospital and malaria research offices have copying equipment as well as a number of computers, including recent Pentium models with up-to-date word processing, spreadsheet and statistical software. A Local Area Network (LAN) has been established with both direct and wireless connections.
- Housing: Visiting scientists and students coming to MIAM will be accommodated in single-bed apartments located on the MIAM campus. These are built as duplex units sharing a kitchen, with each side having a living/dining area and large bedroom with a self-contained bathroom. Twenty-four-hour water and electricity are usually available. Bed linens, mosquito nets, towels and laundry service are included in the daily charge. Electricity in Zambia is 240 volt 50 cycle, so appropriate transformers and adaptors (UK outlets), should be brought by guests, if required.
Please use the following contacts if you have questions about the Malaria Institute at Macha, or if you are interested in conducting or collaborating in research at the site.
PO Box 630166
615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205