University of Pretoria
Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control
Malaria is a complex parasitic disease confined mostly to tropical areas and transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles. There are an estimated 250 million clinical cases of malaria worldwide, causing over half a million deaths each year, mostly of children younger than 5 years of age and mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria-endemic countries are faced with high cost of prevention and treatment of the disease.
An urgent need exists for research and surveillance in many malaria areas to eliminate malaria with the use of an integrated management approach, including safer alternatives to DDT. To reduce reliance on this potentially harmful compound, support is needed for integrated and multi-partner strategies for malaria control, and for continued development of new technologies and strategies as sustainable alternative malaria control methods.
The battle to control malaria is largely based on two strategies: control of the vector mosquitoes, and control of the malaria parasite. At the same time n
ovel approaches to secure community disease awareness and support for public health campaigns are also important and will enable communities to contribute to an integrated management approach.
Malaria is a complex parasitic disease that is still the cause of nearly a million deaths a year, mostly of children under five years of age and mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. On the eve of World Malaria Day, which is on 25 April 2014, the University of Pretoria Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP CSMC) will be hosting an academic research day on the Hatfield Campus.