Ten years ago today, President George W. Bush closed the White House Summit on Malaria saying, “The goal of defeating malaria is a challenging goal, yet it can be done. It's not going to require a miracle, it just requires a smart, sustained, focused effort.”
SEATTLE, WA – December 13, 2016 – The annual World Malaria Report, released today by the World Health Organization (WHO), affirms that remarkable progress has been made to date in the fight against malaria across the globe. Malaria mortality rates have declined by 62 percent globally between 2000 and 2015 and by 29 percent between 2010 and 2015. The report also underscores that an increase in funding, further investments in vector control interventions, and outpacing resistance to malaria drugs and insecticides are crucial to sustaining momentum.
Thousands of miles from the malaria-burdened countries where pregnant women and young children frequently die from a mosquito bite, some of the world’s foremost malaria experts are trying to outsmart a deadly parasite that has been around for at least 20 million years. In insectaries, labs, treatment rooms and offices across Seattle, these experts have turned Seattle into a global capital for innovation to end malaria.
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a paper showing the highest spatial-resolution estimates of malaria mortality in Africa to date. Malaria No More spoke to one of the study’s authors, Dr. Simon Hay of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle, about the significance of the research.
Working to ensure no child dies from a mosquito bite is a lofty, but attainable goal. I’m reminded of this daily in my home country of Cameroon, where malaria is among the top causes of death and the main disease treated in our hospitals. It’s a goal that would not be possible here,…
Despite its size, the mosquito is the deadliest animal in the world and the greatest threat to our global health security. In 2015, mosquitoes killed an estimated 536,000 people. That’s more than lions, wolves, snakes, sharks and alligators combined. The malaria-transmitting female…
An intensive three-day learning fellowship in Seattle—a global hub for malaria innovation and research—to examine the future of the malaria fight and understand what it will take to end the disease for good.