Pesky Mosquitoes: International Group Tackles Malaria

Scientists in the Investigative Workshop on Malaria meet to discuss relevant models to help eradicate the disease.

A least 300 million acute cases of malaria occur each year globally, resulting in more than a million deaths. Around 90% of these deaths occur in Africa, which explains why many of the participants in the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Malaria Modeling and Control hail from African nations. Today marks the second day of the three-day workshop in which experts in the mathematics and biology of malaria dynamics are gathered from around the world to discuss the development of mathematical models to control and halt the transmission of malaria. The goal of the workshop is to work toward a model that captures mosquito dynamics in a changing climate, incorporates the use of a potential vaccine, and reflects the economic burden of the malaria-afflicted nations. Such a model could inform policy makers on the most effective combination of control tools as well as contribute to finding a means to eradicate malaria in the near future. Click here to read more about the goals of the workshop and a list of workshop participants.

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