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Zero malaria starts with me

Nick Dalziel

18 April, 2019

A pathway to eliminating malaria

Malaria researchers have endorsed the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Malaria Day message that countries with a high disease burden must get the global response to malaria elimination back on track.

The WHO’s ‘Zero malaria starts with me’ grassroots message aims to keep malaria high on the political agenda, mobilise additional resources, and empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care.

Research needed to maintain progress

Burnet’s Head of Malaria Immunity and Vaccines Group Professor James Beeson, said progress towards eliminating malaria has stalled in a number of regions.

“Over the past decade there have been major gains in reducing the burden of malaria globally and some countries are edging closer to elimination,” Professor Beeson said.

“However, we have seen in the past three years that progress on this has stalled.”

Professor Beeson said Burnet’s malaria researchers were looking at all aspects of reducing the disease burden, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, surveillance and community empowerment.

“Every two minutes a child dies from this preventable, treatable disease,” Professor Beeson said.

“At Burnet our research focuses on all of the strategies we will need to eliminate malaria, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Malaria's devastating impact

One-third of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, with over 200 million people infected each year.

More than 430,000 people die from malaria each year; mostly young children under 5 years of age.

World Malaria Day is marked on 25 April.

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Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor James Beeson

Deputy Director (People); Head of Malaria Immunity and Vaccines Laboratory; Adjunct Professor Monash University

Telephone

+61385062442

Email

james.beeson@burnet.edu.au

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